How do I assist someone I suspect or know to be a torture survivor?

One way you can help is to refer them to a torture treatment center near them.

You can also educate yourself and others about how traumatic experiences and their impact are a nearly universal experience and how broad the impact can be on mind, body, spirit, and relationships. This archived webinar from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services gives information about the power of a personal story in the recovery from trauma, the value of the “person as teacher,” and the value of being an active listener. "Relationships, especially peer support, can be a source of strength and transformation after trauma. Learn how to build peer relationships based on mutual needs. Gain strategies and techniques for listening in a way that is supportive and compassionate, but also allows listeners to cope with the emotional responses that may be triggered by painful stories."