International Research and Program Evaluation Collaborative (IRPEC) bibliography

14-page bibliography created by CVT's research team as part of an international project.

Includes the following sections:

  • Research and Evaluation Studies on Torture
  • Research Methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Cross Cultural Research
  • Consequences of Torture (Physical/Mental/Emotional/Symptoms)
  • Treatment Approaches for Torture Survivors
  • Quality of Life and Adaptation
  • Measures and Instruments

Survivors of War, Oppression, and Torture: Information for Students (Bibliography)

This is a PDF of a special bibliography that was created by volunteers and staff of the Center for Victims of Torture as a resource for high school and college students seeking information on survivors of war-related violence residing in the United States. Each section contains a short definition or relevant quote, followed by a list of resources such as books, websites, videos, and organizations. The activities section contains exercises that can be used in discussion groups to increase awareness of what refugees in the United States may have experienced.

Bhutanese Refugees

These resources were assembled by Aaron Acharya and CVT in 2011.

This map shows the location of Bhutan relative to the rest of Asia. Click the map to see a large, detailed map of Bhutan.

The Affordable Care Act & Refugees: informational video in Nepali - in English

Stories of Hope from Bhutanese Refugees: Moving from Distress to Wellness - excellent short video series in Nepali with English subtitles

Iraqi Refugees

2013 Article: The Prevalence of Torture and Associated Symptoms in United States Iraqi Refugees

The Affordable Care Act & Refugees: informational video in Arabic - in English

In 2008 through an additional Technical Assistance initiative funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, CVT’s National Capacity Building Project partnered with ACCESS Center for Torture Survivors in Dearborn, MI, to provide specialized technical assistance to programs serving Iraqi torture survivors.

The informational webinars and related resources produced during that year on topics related to providing culturally


The Client Data Toolkit is a special section on the Heal Torture website with a wealth of information about collecting, storing and managing client data for torture treatment centers. If you need help with your electronic medical/health records, this is the place to start!

Click the title of a resource below to see the full resource, read and leave comments, and see related content.


Resources for practitioners in the legal field who are serving survivors of torture are as follows:

"Attorneys encounter torture survivors with a variety of legal needs. Frequently, however, the survivor’s initial and most pressing legal problem involves immigration matters, such as asylum, family reunification, or defense from removal (deportation). Because safety is crucial to the survivor’s ability to engage fully in torture treatment services, the asylum process is integral to rehabilitation."

From Healing the Hurt, Chapter 7


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