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The HealTorture.org website was launched in 2009 as a resource center for people who are interested in healing after torture.

Torture is a deliberate and systematic dismantling of a person’s identity and humanity through physical or psychological pain and suffering. Torture’s purpose is to destroy a sense of community, eliminate leaders, create a climate of fear and produce a culture of apathy. For a further definition of torture, see the FAQ entry What is torture?

While most of the information on the site is intended for people who are working directly with torture survivors, there is also information on the site that's more accessible to the general public, students doing research, or torture survivors themselves. HealTorture.org is a community website that both supports, and is supported by, people who work in torture treatment centers. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the site.

We organize information two ways: by type of resource, and by topic. Types of resource include webinars, videos, publications, links, and bibliographies. Topics are found in the main menu bar at the top of the page.

Most of the information on this site is available to everyone without need to log in. Membership gives additional access to a few special resources. HealTorture.org's membership is open to all staff working in programs for torture survivors who are either Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Torture Survivor Program grantees, members of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP), or ORR staff.

The HealTorture.org website is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement. It is maintained by the National Capacity Building project, a project of The Center for Victims of Torture. No official endorsement by ORR or DHHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.