Research and Evaluate Best Strategies for Torture Survivor Care

PTV conducts rigorous evaluation and monitoring to ensure the work we do is effective. Measuring the progress of survivors is embedded into the therapeutic process of every client we engage. We also have developed research tools to assist with psychological and medical assessments and to develop culturally relevant indicators.

We also work with other organizations in our field to help them develop their own tools for measuring the impact of rehabilitation services on the well-being of torture survivors.


The wounds of torture run deep into a victim’s psyche, body and spirit. Even the most resilient survivor can find the healing journey slow. When clinical assessments are embedded into the therapeutic process, the therapist and the survivor are able to assess progress holistically. Rather than focusing on one symptom or set of issues, therapy can address the survivor’s physical and mental health, their social well-being and their ability to function on a daily basis.

Over the years, we have developed clinical assessment tools to gather information that allow us to evaluate the progress of individual survivors and the efficacy of our treatment. Because we work with survivors from every region of the world, our researchers are skilled at adapting the assessment tools so the questions asked make sense in the language and culture of each client.

Over time, we will use the information gathered to understand how effective current treatment methods are, and understand better the impact of torture on individuals, families and communities.


Our medical and psychological services consistently document significant decreases in mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression, decreases in somatic (physical) symptoms, along with remarkable increases in measure of functionality and social connections.