Center for Victims of Torture

Minneapolis Healing Center
717 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612.436.4800
Fax: 612-436-2600

St. Paul Healing Center
649 Dayton Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Tel: 612.436.4800
Fax: 612.436.2604
Toll Free: 1.877.265.8775

CVT works with survivors of torture (as defined by U.N., see below)  using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment which includes the following services:

  • Medical treatment
  • Nursing care Psychotherapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Social services

A prospective client should contact CVT @ 612-436.4800 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday for a screening interview.

If accepted for services, the client is  evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team including:  psychotherapist, social worker and  a nurse to understand the individual’s situation. If CVT is not able to provide services to an individual for any reason, they refer them to another organization for services.

CVT staff are also available to consult with  health and human services providers who are caring for torture survivors. Consultation requests can be made by calling 612-436-4800.

Language: CVT employs interpreters to assist in the healing process for clients who are unfamiliar with English.

Bicultural Staff: African staff

Geographic or other service restriction: CVT is unable to serve anyone who is currently chemically-dependent or was a perpetrator of torture.

Due to the specialized nature of the Center, clients’ situations must meet the UN’s definition of torture: “Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”

Recommendations/Tips: CVT typically has a waiting list of several months. Also, they are particular about who they take: the individual must identify as being a victim of torture and cannot have  participated in any groups/activities that are considered torture. This is a wonderful resource for those who fit these definitions. It is not an appropriate resource for general mental health issues.

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