In May of 1992, VCST was formed as a coalition of agencies and individuals responding to the needs of survivors of torture and their families. The VCST board includes community workers, doctors, nurses, psychologists and lawyers.
- To help survivors of political violence overcome the legacy of violent oppression and return to leading normal lives.
- To provide specialized knowledge to professionals and to increase public awareness regarding survivors of torture.
- To cooperate with the health community, social service agencies, immigrant settlement workers and the broader community to ensure that the needs of survivors of torture are recognized and met at all levels.
Training and Education
The VCST coordinates annual training events and workshops for professionals working with survivors of torture and war-affected families in schools, social service agencies and the community. Training topics are depended on the needs of our community. If you work with survivors of torture, political violence and trauma, and have specific training needs for your group, contact us and we’ll do our best to fill the gap.
Referral Network and Counselling Services
Through training and workshops, VCST has established a support network for survivors, families, friends, volunteers, professionals and agencies working with survivors. Network members organize events, provide counselling, educational and health services to survivors. Since 1996, the VCST has been offering support groups to refugee students in Victoria schools.
Working Nationally and Internationally
The VCST has headed a campaign for an international accord regulating health professionals role in the treatment of prisoners and in ensuring the protection of health care workers who speak out against mistreatment.
VCST regularly consults with other Canadian and foreign centres working with survivors to share resources, experiences and support.