Begun in 1991, the Journal was originally a newsletter for IRCT members to share best practices on treating torture survivors. Today, through its publication in major databases such as MEDLINE and Scopus, the Journal reaches a global audience of medical and legal professionals, academics and interested members of the public. From studying the physical methods and impacts of torture, the pages between the blue covers have expanded to examine new areas of clinical knowledge about less-known psychological torture, such as sleep deprivation, white rooms, and domestic violence. Evolving specialisations come together in the Journal’s thematic issues, including gender, enforced disappearance, and documenting torture in children.
IRCT ensures the Journal remains free to all readers thanks to funding from the Danish Foreign Ministry and generous support from member centres, such as STARTTS and OSSTT in Australia.