The experiences of torture and its impact on each individual victim is central to our efforts support them to rebuild their lives and our vision of a world without torture.

We use our Anti Torture Database (ATD) to collect information from the torture victims we support on their experiences and needs. Currently implemented in 43 IRCT rehabilitation centres, the ATD allows us to produce evidence of overall torture trends and its impact on victims to inform law and policy processes.

To ensure that we can measure State progress in implementing the right to rehabilitation, we develop national indicator frameworks on the right to rehabilitation in collaboration with the International Centre for Health and Human Rights and a broad spectrum of national stakeholders in the target countries.

Indicators On Torture Victims Right To Rehabilitation

We develop national indicator frameworks in order to facilitate effective national implementation of torture victims’ right to rehabilitation. The indicators allow all national stakeholders evaluate the state of implementation on the basis of objective measures. The project is implemented in partnership with the International Center for Health and Human Rights (ICHHR).

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Anti Torture Database

The ATD facilitates the ability of IRCT centres to collect clinical data and integrate the documentation of torture at all stages of the rehabilitation process. With the ATD rehabilitation centres can capture, store and analyse information collected from torture victims within strict ethical and safety standards. The data is used to improve the quality of services and identify patterns of torture through, among other aspects, information about victims, perpetrators, context of the crime, methods of torture and its damage on victims. The ATD is currently in operation in 35 countries where the IRCT is present and the information collected informs interventions towards national, regional and international decision-makers and the general public. The IRCT developed the Anti-Torture Database during the period 2014-2017 with funding from the European Union.

Data And Research Methods Reference Group

The IRCT Data and Research Methods Reference Group (Data Reference Group) advises on the standards applicable to those engaged in IRCT data collection and its use as part of the IRCT Data Programme. 

To this end, the work of the Reference Group covers 3 broad areas:

  1. General duties and responsibilities when collecting, storing, handling, transferring and using individual’s information in the setting of a holistic rehabilitation service for survivors of torture;
  2. Advise on guidelines and standards, shared minimum data sets, definitional questions, and contributions to training and capacity building efforts and to scientific conferences.
  3. Research methods, ethics, standards, principles and guidelines that apply in different types of research including for the protection of human subjects of research and for those research uses where the information is aggregated and anonymised/de-identified.

Appointment to the Reference Groups occurs on a three-year basis where members serve as subject-matter experts. The current group is comprised of 15 members including representatives from two existing data-sharing networks - the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP) and the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). The full list of Reference Group members is detailed below.

Data Projects

Through our data projects, we aim to advance the torture rehabilitation movement's ability to collect standardised data and evidence its work. These projects help us build a robust, international capacity to collect appropriate, consistent and comparable information as well as to foster a movement-wide habit of sharing data across centres and national borders for human rights purposes.

Global Anti Torture Evidence (GATE) project 

Through peer-to-peer training and leadership, we increase the use of our Anti-Torture Database (ATD), expand the capturing of clinical data, and enhance knowledge of responsible data management, security and use. Data collected from the ATD is applied to a range of strategic advocacy initiatives, locally, regionally and internationally. The GATE Project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and comprises 15 rehabilitation centres from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and the MENA regions.

DFI project

We evidence our work and support anti-impunity initiatives through the Anti-Torture Database (ATD), which was designed, tested and implemented by DFI project partners from Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe and the MENA regions. Data generated by the ATD is used to create powerful evidence-based approaches that not only foster operational efficiency but also support research outputs utilised for advocacy purposes and to fight impunity. Funded by the European Union, the DFI project was implemented from 2014-2017 and comprised centres from 28 countries.


"We have learned a lot about data management and capturing client information. The Anti-Torture Database has allowed us to consolidate our clinical recods in a very organized manner, which has been very helpful to our work. The holistic nature of the Database means that we can securely capture the client's biograhical data, torture history and needs, all in one place."

- Esther Nabwire, ACTV Uganda

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