The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma

Information about PTSD, trauma, research about the topic.

Sexual torture of Palestinian men by Israeli authorities

In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arrests and imprisonment of Palestinian men in their early adulthood are common practice. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) collected thousands of testimonies of Palestinian men allegedly tortured or ill-treated by Israeli authorities. There are many types of torture, sexual torture being one of them. This study is based on the PCATI database during 2005-2012, which contains 60 cases – 4% of all files in this period – with testimonies of alleged sexual torture or ill-treatment.

Torture Journal with a special section on Sleep Deprivation.

The latest issue of the Torture Journal examines sleep deprivation as a method of torture and presents the text of a Protocol on Medico-Legal Documentation of Sleep Deprivation. Finally, this issue also comprises an epidemiological study on knowledge of torture among medical professionals in Tanzania, a case report exemplifying narratives of Tamil survivors of sexual torture in Australia, and a debate on the standing of the Istanbul Protocol in Israel.

HAMOKED – Center for the Defence of the Individual

HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual is an Israeli human rights organization with tha main aim of assisting Palestinians of the Occupied Territories whose rights are violated due to Israel’s policies.

Nightmares in Jalazone: Families deal with trauma following Israeli torture

To understand psychiatric home visits in Palestine necessitates forgoing Western assumptions about patient confidentiality, privacy, and timeliness. Though individual patients often refer themselves to treatment centers after a release from prison, the difficulty of traveling to and from major cities requires therapists to make home visits. Families then participate in the session as a group, thereby coming to better understand their family members situation and relieving some of their own symptoms as well.

Mental health consequences of war: a brief review of research findings

In humanitarian emergencies and conflict situations psychological damage has traditionally not been addressed, its extent and impact have not been well studied. It is only through a greater focus of mental health problems as a result of war and conflict, can coherent and effective strategies for dealing with such problems be developed.

Publications – The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)

In pursuit of their goal, PCATI operates primarily in two spheres: the legal, by filing petitions in the name of torture victims and training legal, medical and mental health professionals to work with torture victims; and the public, through education projects, conferences, continuing education sessions, documentation, and the release of publications.Her are a collection of their studies.

The Community Stress Prevention Center

The Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC) in Israel was founded in Kiryat Shmona in 1981 with the aim of giving support to the population of the northern border (children, adults, education system, municipality, welfare, health and psychological services).

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel

PCATI was founded in 1990 by a prominent group of academics, human rights attorneys, human rights activists and professionals. PCATI works for the abolition of torture in interrogation and the restoration of full respect for human rights in Israel`s law and practices and aims at strengthening democracy and the rule of law by protecting human and civil rights. PCATI also aims at informing the public and raising public opposition to torture, altering the policies and practices on the issue of torture and ill treatment, and providing legal aid to victims of torture and ill treatment.