The Medical Foundation, 2011
The report, Rape and Other Torture in the Chechnya Conflict, is based on medical and psychological documentation of 35 asylum seekers, 19 women and 16 men, from the Chechnya conflict at the Medical Foundation ‘s treatment centre in London. During assessment and treatment, 16 of the women and one man disclosed that they had been raped. In 13 of these cases, the alleged perpetrators were Russian soldiers, in three cases they were said to be Russian police officers, and in one Chechen rebels.
Binnie Kristal-Andersson, Dep. of Psychology, University of Lund, Sweden, 2000
In recent years, awareness has grown of the necessity of understanding the inner world of refugees (in particular traumatized refugees), immigrants, and their children. These groups have come in increasing numbers to Scandinavia, and otherwise confident and capable professionals in all arenas of mental health, social work and other fields have often felt inadequate when working with them.
The Refugee Therapy Centre provides help and support to refugees and asylum seekers. Mother tongue counselling and psychotherapy are available in a number of languages and our staff have intercultural support and supervision.
Patrick O'Sullivan, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 2006
The aim of all of Spirasi’s programmes is to address some of the unmet health and social needs of the asylum seekers arriving in Ireland and to facilitate those who are granted refugee status to integrate into Irish society. Within Spirasi, the Centre for the Care of Survivors of Torture works with refugees and asylum seekers who have been tortured or suffered other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to try to achieve as full a recovery as possible from the effects of that abuse. This is achieved by providing psycho-social support and specific therapies in as culturally and linguistically appropriate a way as possible.
Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) works to break cycles of violence, hatred and despair by providing psychological, emotional and educational support to the survivors of conflict. AfCiC focuses its activities on children and young people, who have the greatest capacity to transcend the conflicts of their communities and to bring about change in the future.
The primary objectives of VI.TO are:
*The early identification of torture survivors.
*Awareness-raising and training of staff at the national health service and other organisations on torture issues.
*Medical, psychological, legal and social assistance during the asylum-seeking process and once refugee status has been granted. Focus is on avoiding re-traumatisation and providing adequate care.
Robert Schweitzer, Lisa Buckley and Donata Rossi
Over the past five years, Australia has accepted approximately 50 000 individuals through its Humanitarian program. To integrate these individuals specialised medical and psychological services have been established in major centres of Australia.
Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights
*To understand the scope and magnitude of human right violations
*To recognize signs and symptoms
*To learn how to approach these patients
*To be aware of resources available for this population