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Rehabilitation, empowerment and integration
of asylum seeking torture survivors



Implementation period: 01.03.2016-28.02.2018.
Coordinator: Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma
Partners: OMEGA Transcultural Centre for mental and physical health and integration in Graz, Austria and EXILIO Centre for refugees and torture survivors in Lindau, Germany


The overall objective of the project is to contribute empowerment and improved integration capacities of torture survivors among asylum seekers in reception countries in EU. Project contributes to the implementation of provisions set out in Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and Council laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection, particularly to obligation of Member States to "ensure that persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious acts of violence receive the necessary treatment for the damage caused by such acts, in particular access to appropriate medical and psychological treatment or care".

This project specifically wants to achieve:

1. Enhancing multidisciplinary rehabilitation and empowerment services to torture survivors in asylum procedure and to those granted protection status provided by rehabilitation centres in Croatia, Austria and Germany;

2. Supporting better integration of torture survivors in society in Croatia, Austria and Germany;

3. Improving dissemination of good practices in rehabilitation and socio-economic integration of torture survivors across EU.


Project activities:

- development of the program and common tools and procedure for initial short-term group intervention, aimed to provide initial orientation of the client in new surroundings, psychical stabilization, psycho-education on trauma and coping mechanisms as well as planning further steps in rehabilitation, empowerment and integration;

- continuous implementation of initial short-term group intervention, with which round 220 clients in 3 countries will be covered;

- continuous individual help and support, according to specific needs of each of the clients, in the form of: basic information and orientation services, psycho-social counselling and support to clients and their family members, individual and family psychotherapy, medical counselling and treatment;

- language courses;

- socialization, recreational, creative and skills development workshops and other events (exhibitions, fairs, competitions, tournaments, excursions etc.) with aim to foster and improve integration;

- formal and informal vocational training and education with aim to improve employability;

- providing support and aid in housing and job-searching through social work case management;

- development of the research methodology, collecting data, carrying out research and publishing evaluation research report on 4 languages with aim to evaluate outcomes of rehabilitation and empowerment approaches applied during the course of this project;

- organizing international conference with EU and neighbourhood rehabilitation centres with aim to present results of the project and to disseminate and exchange experience and good practice examples in rehabilitation and integration across EU;

- organizing advocacy meetings with local and national decision makers in order to improve policies regarding torture survivors among refugees and asylum seekers.


Target group:
Around 220 torture survivors and their family members who are in asylum procedure or granted international protection in Croatia, Austria and Germany will be involved in the project.


Contact person:
Valentina Zeljak Bozovic, project manager valentina@rctzg.hr

Project is financed by European Union under Pilot Project / Preparatory Action on Victims of Torture program for 2015.