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Research and publication

Research on torture and the psychological consequences of PTSD is a field of psychology and psychiatry in which innovations throughout the last dozen years have made a major breakthrough. In accordance with this, the key objective of the Research Department is to collect and systematise data on CRTTV clients and other torture victims (who are not CRTTV clients), placing special emphasis on systematic research of the type and severity of trauma and torture as well as their physical, psychological and social consequences. This unit is engaged in the following activities:

a) Creation of a database of CRTTV clients , which involves the registration of clients, type of torture they were exposed to, psychological and social consequences of torture, as well as the evaluation of types of assistance provided by the Centre.

b) Collection, systematisation and interpretation of data on war and other types of torture victims; traumatic experiences, type and intensity of trauma and torture and their physical, psychological and social tortures, and psychological changes occurring in the course of treatment. The data serves as a basis for provision of timely assistance, treatment evaluation and better understanding of disturbances related with the experience of a traumatic event.

c) Sharing of experience and information with other similar centres worldwide, professional and scientific institutions specialising in torture victim research work and treatment, and local and international organisations for the protection of human rights.

d) Publication and presentation of research work and other activities at the national and international level, in relevant journals.

Current active research projects are:

•  STOP - Treatment seeking and treatment outcomes in people suffering from PTSD following war and migration in the Balkans

•  PBPTSD - Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorders



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