Increasing Awareness and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Care of Torture Survivors and Their Families

This webinar, from May 14, 2014, features Dr. Mary Fabri, formerly of the Kovler Center.

This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Friday, 16 May 2014


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”. 

This webinar will define and describe the health consequences of DV and look at the challenges of responding to it among torture-impacted refugee communities.  We will also discuss creative models of meeting this challenge. 

After participating in this webinar participants will be able to:

1)      Define the fundamentals of domestic violence and describe its consequences

2)      Summarize factors of domestic violence in treating torture survivors

3)      Evaluate the challenges and solutions of addressing DV in torture treatment programs.

The other webinars in the post-family reunification series are:

About the Presenter

Dr. Mary Fabri is a clinical psychologist and has worked with torture survivors for more than 25 years.  She was Senior Director of Torture Treatment Services and International Training at Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center in Chicago for 12 years where community-based integrated care is provided.  She served as President of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs for 5 years and has been on the Board of Directors of Torture Abolition & Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) since 2005 and is currently serving as the Chair. Dr. Fabri now works as an independent consultant working internationally on mental health issues related to trauma, gender-based violence, and HIV.



National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH)

Training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers

 Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (APIIDV) Consultation, technical assistance and training, research and advocacy

National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities Training, consultation, technical assistance, research and policy

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community Outreach, training, and technical assistance to communities, research and advocacy (IDVAAC)

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Intimate Partner Violence

US DHHS Administration on Children & Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women


Girmatsion Feseha, Abebe G/mariam and Mulusew Gerbaba Intimate partner physical violence among women in Shimelba refugee camp, northern Ethiopia

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Al-Atrushi et al. BMC Women's Health 2013, 13:37 Intimate partner violence against women in the Erbil city of the Kurdistan region, Iraq

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