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Torture occurs across both international (e.g., interrogating political prisoners for intelligence) and domestic (e.g., unlawful detention, police brutality) contexts. It is estimated that 1.5 million survivors of such practice(s) currently reside in the United States alone. Many of these survivors require mental health care. Service providers, however, are often not familiar with legal definitions of torture (and implications of these definitions for care access) and/or best practices in torture treatment across individual, dyadic, and familial levels. This entry introduces important international and domestic legal definitions of torture. It then outlines recent global torture practices, alongside how these practices’ effects most commonly present in later clinical work. In addition, guiding therapeutic principles and steps for effectively engaging torture survivors are described.

International and Domestic Legal Definitions of ...

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