At Freedom from Torture we have supported thousands of survivors to rebuild their lives since we started in 1985. In 2015 we provided therapy for 1299 torture survivors from 65 countries.
The survivors we support are people like us: men, women, children, parents, students, and workers. Those who have reached safety here in the UK represent a small number of those tortured around the world for many reasons.
Click the headings below to discover ten reasons people have been tortured.
In most cases we have changed survivors’ names to protect them and their families. Please bear in mind these are just some of the worst stories we’ve heard. We could tell many more.