Care of torture victims


Torture is a dehumanizing experience that violates human rights. Victims are subjected to a variety of mental and physical suffering such as solitary confinement, witnessing torture to others and beatings. This act is usually performed for the purpose of intimidation, a means of extracting information and as a form of punishment. The effects have created many negative consequences on nearly all aspects of the victim’s life, such as the effects of disfigurement and chronic pain from repeated beating has a negative impact on the mental and physical well-being, also directly influence the socioeconomic status by impairing the ability to emotionally and financially care for self and family. The psychological affects of torture can be pretty devastating for the victims, and the rate of post traumatic stress disorders are significant. The minds and souls of these individuals are constantly haunted by the past events so they sleeping disorders and nightmares are serious concern of theirs. If treatment is not received, and there are many who are reluctant in seeking treatment due to sense of betrayal and distrust toward society in the aftermath, their problems can result into more serious conditions such as depressive and sociopathic disorders. Forensic nurses/multidisciplinary team are well equipped to address issues of torture and abuse. By acknowledging the declaration of human rights and the concept of justice as being an integral part of the victims healing process, the forensic nurse/team can assist victims in restoring trustful relationships and re-establishing a sense of safety. Compassionate care is also helpful in achieving these goals. In performing forensic examination, a thorough assessment is done of the victims physical/psychological problems, these problems are addressed and treated, accurate documentation of findings and proper collections of evidence are all a step toward justice for the victims.

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