The victims seen at the centre are victims of the Lebanese war and of power abuse in Lebanon and the region. Victims are identified and participate with their families in programmes of treatment for survivors of torture and violence.
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) is the only organization founded by and for survivors of torture. It was established in 1998, on the guiding principles that torture is a crime against humanity and that survivors are the strongest and most effective voice in the campaign to end the practice of torture.
To help survivors of torture begin to rebuild their lives. Sharing expertise with partner organisations in the UK and internationally, Freedom from Torture operates as a centre of learning and knowledge in the care, treatment and protection of torture survivors.
The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture is a treatment program jointly supported by Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYU School of Medicine. The Program was established in 1995 to provide multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitative services to survivors of political torture and their families.
The Albanian Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma and Torture Victims – ARCT is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1993. ARCT is the only centre in Albania with experience in the rehabilitation of survivors of torture and organised violence and prevention of torture. ARCT applies a multidisciplinary approach in its activities.
Joan Simalchik, CCVT
Understanding the modem use of torture entails the dispelling of myths about its nature and purpose. There remains a perception that torture is practiced randomly, that it is punishment carried to an extreme, that it is performed by psychopaths or sadists, that it exists outside of governmental responsibility and is practiced by “less civilized” societies.