Project information

Our work with families


Helping families to be stronger, together
We treat men women and children of all ages, and recognise that the effects of torture go far beyond the individual who has has been tortured or witnessed the torture of others. Torture can have a profound effect on a survivor's family.

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Charity information: FREEDOM FROM TORTURE

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  • Need

    Need

    If a person in a family has been hurt or killed the whole family suffers. Parents who have been tortured can become very distant from their children. Some mothers may have borne children as a result of being raped. Children are traumatised by witnessing torture. Torture has a profound effect on the whole family. We work together to
    strengthen relationships within families who may otherwise
    have been torn apart by the effects of torture.

    Solution

    In our Young People Children and Families team we work together to strengthen relationships within families who may otherwise have been torn apart by the effects of torture. As our senior family therapist says "if one person in a family has been hurt or killed, the whole family suffers. Through family therapy, those who remain can be brought together to talk and redevelop their lives as individuals and as a group."

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To strengthen families who may be otherwise torn apart by torture

    Activities

    » counselling, group-work, art, music and story-telling

    A combination of quantitative and qualitative monitoring. Data is gathered from various sources to measure the impact of our services on the health of torture survivors.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The ultimate aim of all our projects is to help survivors of torture to reach a point where they are happy to live their lives without our support and take their place in the community. We can supply figures demonstrating how many survivors are discharged from our centres.

    Risk

    none

    Reporting

    Regular updates and feedback

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £49,658

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,891 salary Experienced Family Therapist
      £9,767 travel and other Interpreting and travel costs
  • Background

    Location

    London

    Beneficiaries

    Survivors of torture who are in family groups or children alone who have been separated from their families

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our highly trained and experienced staff have a unique expertise to deal with the huge and complex problems which families affected by torture have to deal with.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Robin Ewart Biggs

    Robin has been working as a senior therapist with survivors in families for many years. His knowledge and expertise is crucial in delivering our aims.