About us


Center ÜBERLEBEN has been treating victims of torture and war-time violence since 1992. The Center offers a broad range from rehabilitation programs for social integration of refugees and newcomers in Germany to facilitate their social participation. Women, men, adolescents and children receive both medical and psychotherapeutic help as well as social assistance. The people concerned come from over 50 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Somali, Kosovo, Lebanon, Eritrea and other African countries. So that patients are able to communicate, specially trained interpreters assist in therapeutic treatments and other services at the Center.

Due to legal reasons, the outsourcing of operative activities of the „Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer e.V.“ into a new legal form has been necessary. The registration of the Zentrum ÜBERLEBEN gGmbH took place in 2016.

Jamila Schäfer
Seit 2022 ist Jamila Schäfer (MdB) die Schirmfrau der Zentrum ÜBERLEBEN gGmbH.
(Foto © Elias Keilhauer)



Founding of the Berlin Center for Torture Victims (bzfo e.V.)


Founding of the Ueberleben Foundation for Torture Victims


Cooperation with the Center for Migration and Refugee Services (zfm)


Combination of these organizations under the umbrella of the Center UEBERLEBEN


Change of legal status and transfer of all business operation of the registered association (bzfo e.V.) into a new legal form of a no-profit limited liability company – Founding of the Center ÜBERLEBEN gGmbH


Ambulant Department for Adults

Children and Youth Department

Day Clinic

Housing Community Project

Vocational School

Department for Refugee Services

Department of transcultural and traumatic stress studies

The websites of the following departments are only available in German.


Online psychological counseling

Further information

Mission Statement



DEKRA Certificate
ISO 9001:2015

Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft

The Center ÜBERLEBEN is  a member of Transparency International Deutschland e.V. (Transparency Germany)