Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work with torture survivors

Clinical and community perspectives


  • Pau Pérez-Sales Editor-in-Chief, Torture Journal



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How to Cite

Pérez-Sales, P. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work with torture survivors: Clinical and community perspectives. Torture Journal, 30(2), 3–18.