What we do
Treatment, research, international development work and advocacy under the same roof. DIGNITY is represented world wide, where we cooperate with local partner organisations to fight torture and help torture victims and their families to a better life.
DIGNITY aims at building a bridge to a social existence for the torture survivor and his family. DIGNITY is specialized in rehabilitation of traumatised persons having experienced torture. Our centre in Denmark is recognized by the Danish National Board of Health as a national centre specializing in treatment of severely traumatized refugees.
Rehabilitation in Denmark
DIGNITY is recognized by the Danish National Board of Health as a national centre specializing in the treatment of severely traumatized refugees.
The vast majority of torture victims remains in their home country or flees to neighboring countries, where they do everything to rebuild their lives. Without professional help this may turn out to be difficult.
Monitoring and Evaluation
DIGNITY continually works to explore the effect of different rehabilitation interventions both in Denmark and internationally. Our goal is to document, develop and test the quality and effectiveness of our rehabilitation services.
DIGNITY is working to reduce torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in institutions where persons are deprived of their liberties.
Monitoring closed institutions
DIGNITY develops knowledge about effective methods of how to conduct independent monitoring visits to all types of places where persons are deprived of liberty and in danger of being subjected to torture.
Documentation of torture
In collaboration with civil society organizations, universities and other international organizations, we develop global standards and instruments to be used for interdisciplinary documentation of torture.
Reforms in the criminal justice system
Torture and ill-treatment for the most part occurs in connection with arrests and during the first days after when the police or military by means of physical force are trying to get information and confessions from the detainees.
Climate and relationships in detention
In cooperation with local NGOs and research institutions DIGNITY is developing a new generation of intervention methods. DIGNITY has introduced the term "prison environment" as a concept that may be used to understand the practices and relationships within the prison.
DIGNITY works to ensure that people living in unsafe slum areas can lead safer and dignified lives. We prevent torture and organized violence in urban areas nationally and internationally.
Sustainable solutions to problems related to human rights and security requires intersectorial approaches where local, regional and national stakeholders from different sectors (health, police, justice, urban planning, education) gather around common goals. DIGNITY facilitates such processes in collaboration with local NGOs promoting human rights.
DIGNITY is working to establish partnerships between the communities and social movements that exist in major urban areas.
Documentation of human rights violations
In many low-income countries, the urban poor are the ones most vulnerable when it comes to torture and other ill-treatment. They are also the ones with the least access to prosecution of torturers, remedy and reparation. Structural inequalities keep them in a life of poverty and fear.
Where we work