Torture leaves its mark on the body and on the psyche: its consequences can reverberate and penetrate years after the trauma, especially when its victims were detained either during their ordeal or for years afterwards without any rehabilitative treatment. The goal of rehabilitation is to enable the torture victim to live as full a life as possible. Rehabilitation must be holistic and consider all of the psychological and bodily consequences and take local cultural contexts into account.
PCATI sees rehabilitation as an integral part of its activities, because the struggle against torture must first and foremost concern itself with the victims who live with its results. The provision of redress, including holistic rehabilitation, is one of Israel’s obligations under articles 14 and 15 of the Convention Against Torture, of which Israel is a signatory.
During the last three years, over 50 PCATI clients have been referred to psychological, social and physical rehabilitation and support. Twenty-five have persevered with the treatment, which has included dental rehabilitation, installation of a prosthetic finger, physiotherapy, pharmacological treatment, and family therapy as needed.