Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (URVT) I
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Unit for Rehabilitation for Victims of Torture
The Unit for Rehabilitation for Victims of Torture is a project funded by the European Refugee Fund and the Republic of Cyprus, through the Asylum Service - Ministry of the Interior. The aforementioned action has received funding in two consecutive submissions, first time between July 1st 2006 and December 31st for a period of six months as the original call stipulated. The second submission and duration of the project has been between January 1st 2007 and December 31st of 2007.
To create awareness and education on victims of torture, (particularly means of detecting them and facilitating their rehabilitation) into the already available services in Cyprus dealing with asylum seekers and refugees. A parallel aim of the project has been to create a specialized Unit in Cyprus which would be responsible on identifying such victims and providing for their (and their families, process of rehabilitation.
During the first period the lead applicant with the local partner set the ground work for establishing the Unit in Cyprus. This was achieved through a series of workshops on the specialized subject matter for government officials and civil society experts, while an open call was also carried for personnel to create the Unit. The selected personnel was send to Greece for a week long training with the MRCT. Upon their return the trained professionals worked on setting up the Unit for the Rehabilitation for Victims of Torture which proceeded being operational within 2007 following approval of the 2nd application from the same partners. This unit, the first ever of its kind in Cyprus, assists victims of torture by providing multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation services, and raises public awareness on issues concerning torture and rehabilitation. It consists of a social worker, a medical doctor, a psychologist, a secretary, and a coordinator.