Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Human rights
  • Mental health
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Women

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK. For over thirty years, through our services, we have been helping survivors overcome their torture and live better, happier lives.

Again and again, survivors tell us that with us they have found their own humanity once more and have regained their voice. We work together to defeat the inhumanity of their torturers, who deliberately set out to silence and destroy lives.

Almost all of our income is raised through voluntary donations, without this generous support nothing we do would be possible.

Thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers – as well as scores of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.



Freedom from Torture supports survivors of torture through:
 Rehabilitation - we will help more survivors of torture in the UK realise their right to rehabilitation.  We will ensure:

  1. More survivors access our direct rehabilitation service year on year with clear priority based on those who can benefit most from our holistic model
  2. Clear evidence that our interventions lead to improved health outcomes for the torture survivors we work with

Protection - we will ensure survivors of torture receive effective protection and are not returned to their countries of origin to face a risk of further torture. We will ensure:

  1. More survivors who need it are able to obtain expert clinical evidence of torture for their asylum claim
  2. An end to the immigration detention of survivors

Accountability - we will expose torture in order to strengthen prevention efforts and secure justice and international protection for survivors.  We will ensure:

  1. Our medical evidence and survivor voices are used to expose torture practices in survivors' countries of origin; prevent torture and hold torturing states accountable; strengthen UK asylum country information and case law
  2. Pioneering aspects of our torture prevention and accountability work are used to strengthen the global anti-torture movement

Survivor Empowerment - we will be a model of best practice in enabling the empowerment and agency of torture survivors.  We will ensure:

  1. Meaningful involvement of survivors in the design, delivery and evaluation of Freedom from Torture's services so that survivor voices are heard at every stage
  2. We are recognised as a global leader in supporting survivors to fight torture and promote the rights of other survivors


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