Torture and trauma break connections and disrupt attachment bonds with a consequent increase in marital distress. Our clinical experience at CVT confirms the fact that couples’ relationships are dramatically damaged by torture. At the same time, those relationships are instrumental in the survivors’ recovery. Well-designed couples therapy has the potential to help survivor couples deal more effectively with trauma-related marital distress, to assist partners to understand and provide spousal support, to promote treatment engagement, and to strengthen intimate relationships.
The other webinars in the post-family reunification series are:
Domestic violence (DV) is a public health concern and a human rights violation. This webinar is the first in a post-family reunification series that will address issues affecting torture survivors and their loved ones. The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health conducted interviews with 15 U.S. torture rehabilitation programs to identify promising practices and models of trauma-informed care. During the interviews, the torture rehabilitation centers stated that “there is a gap in services for domestic violence in the torture survivor community”.
Service providers who work with survivors of torture and forced migration know that their clients face many challenges in navigating environments that feel unsafe and out of their control. Concerns about their safety and their family's safety may be associated with living in a high-crime neighborhood, where "there is nothing 'post' about PTSD"; with fearing the police or other people in uniforms due to their trauma triggers; or with concerns about what seems to be an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric and the larger and, for now unanswerable, concerns around immigration and deportation.
Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the ACLU Women's Rights Project and the University of Miami International Human Rights Clinic. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in the U.S.: A Human Rights Based Approach & Practice Guide includes core human rights principles related to gender-based violence, as well as relevant treaties, case-law, related reports and organizational resources. It also discusses recent developments in U.S. policy and the value added of human rights in the U.S. domestic context.