Current Projects

CCVT is a community-based organization that helps victims of torture, war, genocide and crimes against humanity.

COMING TO TERMS WITH TORTURE: DEVELOPING TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

Enhancing the capacity of front-line staff who work with vulnerable newcomer survivors of war, torture, genocide and crimes against humanity.
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TRAUMA-INFORMED PROJECT

Training workshop specifically designed to be a learning process with an aim to advance knowledge and providing service through a trauma-informed lens.
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Working through Community Vaccine Ambassadors

Supporting communities in accessing booking system and addressing vaccine hesitancy.
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Second Harvest

From peer groups for teenagers, to homework clubs and art therapy for kids. Providing gift cards to low-income families
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From Victims to Survivor

CCVT is a community-based organization that helps victims of torture, war, genocide and crimes against humanity. We provide treatment, tools and support that allow refugees to heal from trauma and become active community members.

Mental Health

A full range of services, from individual psychotherapy and PTSD treatment, to survivors’ groups and peer counselling.

Settlement: Language
and Skills Training

Our classes prepare clients for life – and employment – in Canada.

Mentorship for Youth

From peer groups for teenagers, to homework clubs and art therapy for kids, we take special care of the youngest victims of conflict.

Training and Education

We provide training and consultation to other organizations that work with torture survivors

Legal Advocacy

We have provided expert testimony and interventions in Supreme Court of Canada cases involving refugee issues.

International
Leadership

CCVT is accredited to the international rehabilitation council for torture.
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Mandate

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) aids survivors of torture, war, genocide and crimes against humanity to overcome the lasting effects of torture and war. Working with the community, the Centre supports survivors in the process of successful integration into Canadian society, works for their protection and integrity, and raises awareness of the continuing effects of torture and war on survivors and their families. The CCVT gives hope after the horror.

Let's celebrate world refugee day!

We celebrate and uplift refugees on June 20th each year.
This year’s theme for UN’s World Refugee Day is #StepWithRefugees. We asked the staff and loved ones at CCVT to go for a walk and dedicate that walk to all refugees and reflect on the journey that they may have taken to reach safety. To all refugees – we recognize your strengths, your hard work and contribution to Canadian society. We welcome you and are thankful for your presence.

In the following week, stay tuned for some of the events that CCVT will be hosting leading up to June 26th, 2020 – UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. We will be highlighting the journey of some of our community members, sharing their stories, and providing information for change.

Most importantly, CCVT expresses great sorrow in the loss of a dear community member, Sarah Hegazi. We stand in solidarity with her, the work she has done and all that she is. May she rest in Power.
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Providing refugees a future free from torture, with your help.

Mental Health Counselling

CCVT provides supportive, non-judgmental counselling that helps survivors develop trust and regain a sense of empowerment.

The program includes:

  • Confidential assessment by in-house psychiatrists, psychologists and family doctors
  • Counselling by highly skilled staff
  • Crisis intervention and support services to individuals and families experiencing mental-health crisis
  • Individual, family and group counselling
  • Referral to treatment
  • Public education with a focus on mental health

CCVT Specialized Language And Skills Training

The English Language and Skills Training Program at CCVT is designed specifically for survivors of torture and war trauma.

Such survivors face unique challenges. People suffering from torture-related PTSD may have impaired memory and difficulty concentrating. They may have a fear of groups, or strangers, or authority figures.

Language training courses at CCVT nurture the individual, and cater to the needs of adult learners who suffer from debilitating memories – memories that can make learning difficult and stressful. The CCVT curriculum incorporates themes and activities that encourage mental wellbeing and recovery, as well as the settlement goals of the students.

Settlement Services

Getting settled in a new country is tough at the best of times. For survivors of torture and maltreatment, it’s even harder. Post-traumatic stress, grief, worry about family members back home – these are just some of the extra challenges they face.

CCVT’s settlement team helps refugees overcome these challenges, and start building a new life.

Community Engagement

CCVT Befriending program, an interview published by CAMH Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project:

Mbalu Lumor, Manager, Community Engagement, discusses the Befriending Program at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

Torture is state-organized violence that destroys the will, personality and autonomy of survivors. Research shows that while physical injuries can be treated,

Healing. Community. Hope

1977

Year Founded

123

Countries Served

36,000

Cases

BEATINGS. ELECTROCUTION. RAPE. MUTILATION. SHAM EXECUTIONS.

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Our Vision

CCVT is the link to that healing. We provide treatment, tools, and support that allow refugees to heal from trauma and become active community members.

Foundation

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) is a non-profit founded by a group of Toronto doctors, lawyers and social-service professionals and many.

CCIP

CCVT was incorporated in 1983 as the Canadian Centre for the Investigation and Prevention of Torture. The name was changed in 1988 to better reflect the Centre’s mandate.

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The Centre was the second such facility in the world, after DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture, which was founded in 1982.

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