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  NCJ Number: NCJ 178911     Find in a Library
  Title: Survivors of Politically Motivated Torture: A Large, Growing, and Invisible Population of Crime Victims
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  Author(s): Peter Dross
  Date Published: 01/2000
  Page Count: 14
  Annotation: This document informs victim services providers about the special needs of torture survivors as they begin new lives in the United States.
  Abstract: Politically motivated torture is practiced or condoned in more than 100 nations around the world. An estimated 400,000 torture survivors live in the United States today. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) sponsored a meeting in October 1998 for nearly 300 health care and human service professionals to learn about providing care and rehabilitative services to survivors of politically motivated torture. This report summarizes issues raised at the meeting, including the aftereffects of torture on survivors and their families; how treatment centers intervene to help victims deal with the physical and psychological aftermath of victimization; and, most important, how treatment centers collaborate with and provide training to victim assistance personnel and allied professionals. The report discusses: (1) The Extent of Torture; (2) Torture Defined; (3) The Intent of Torture; (4) The Aftereffects of Torture; (5) Solutions in the Community; (6) Minnesota Establishes New Program for Torture Survivors; and (7) Opportunities for Collaboration. The volume includes a list of additional resources and the names and addresses of 15 Treatment Centers for Survivors of Politically Motivated Torture.
  Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
  Index Term(s): Victimology ; Victimization ; Victim services ; Torture ; Psychological victimization effects ; Political crimes ; Victims of terrorism ; Victim assistance directories ; Victims in foreign countries ; Minnesota
  Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
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Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
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  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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