Help for UK survivors of torture

The resources on this page are primarily intended for UK-based survivors of torture, their families, friends, and front-line service providers.

Torture often has a profound and long-term impact on the individual, the family, and the community. Despite this, many survivors of torture do go on to rebuild their lives, which is a testament to their strength and tenacity. Having access to the right support can help survivors in their process of healing. 

It is estimated that approximately 27% to 44% of refugees and asylum seekers have experienced torture. According to our report, Whose Justice? the UK is home to between 60,000 and 100,000 survivors of torture in the forced migration population alone.

The resources on this page are primarily intended for UK-based survivors of torture, their families, friends, and front-line service providers.

If you have experienced torture, we hope that the information here will assist you with your wellbeing, as well as finding justice, reparation, and accountability for what happened to you. If you are related to, or support a survivor of torture, hopefully these resources will also increase your awareness of the rights of survivors of torture, both in the UK and internationally.

In these resources we use the term ‘survivors’ rather than ‘victims’. We realise that some people who have suffered torture or ill-treatment prefer to refer to themselves as ‘victims’. However, we generally utilise the term ‘survivors’ as it emphasises the possibility of healing and rehabilitation.

Please note that REDRESS does not provide advice on asylum and immigration in the UK. The law surrounding these claims is complex and you will require expert immigration advice based on your specific circumstances. Those approved to provide such advice can be found via the resources on Immigration, asylum and detention.

Follow the links below to find information on the following topics: