Trauma of Violence  

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Disturbingly, the increasing incidence of sexual violence, survival sex and child marriages is reported at refugee settlements with acute psychological trauma documented among girls (The Jordan Times , 2016). Syrian women’s reproductive health is compromised as they are often subject to sexual harassment, rape, violence and complications during pregnancy and childbirth in precarious conditions (Samari, 2016). Teenage girls often suffer from complications of sexual abuse and from early pregnancies in the poor conditions of camps and surroundings where reproductive and neonatal health services are in dire shortage.  

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The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused half a million deaths, over 4 million refugees, and some 7 million internally displaced people (IDPs). A 2015 study by the German Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists estimates that half of Syrian refugees in Germany have psychological issues: 70% had witnessed violence and 50% were victims of violence. Turkish authorities report that 55% of Syrian refugees need psychological services, yet only 5% of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey receive the needed psychotherapy (World Bank MENA, 2016). Stigma and lack of services leave people's trauma essentially untreated (Rubin, 2016). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that “the most prevalent and most significant clinical problems among Syrians are emotional disorders, such as depression, prolonged grief disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and various forms of anxiety.” Lack of appropriate treatment and continuing high levels of stress in refugee camps and resettlement centers make their condition worse. Evidence confirms that people who were exposed to armed conflicts are at a high risk of developing mental health problems and demonstrate poor health outcomes and mental health adjustments even after resettlement in recipient countries (Betancourt, 2013).  


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We are currently accepting requests from nonprofits who are in need of trauma psychotherapy services for Syrian refugees. Contact us to discuss your population needs and to schedule our visit. 

Pro-Cure Art developed a model of psychosocial support involving trauma-informed art therapy for integrated service delivery during and in the aftermath of emergencies. In collaboration with governments, nonprofits and humanitarian agencies, we dispatch our Global Volunteer Program fellows under supervision of senior clinical psychologists to humanitarian emergency sites for mental health support. We work closely with local counterparts to design customized trauma-informed art therapy methods and the training of trainers (ToTs) delivered during our 2-week visits. 

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