VFST was established in 1987 to meet the needs of people in Victoria who were tortured or traumatised in their countries of origin, in other countries, or while fleeing those countries.
The Foundation is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned. The Foundation provides direct care to survivors of torture and trauma in the form of counselling, advocacy, family support, group work, psycho-education, information sessions and complementary therapies.
The VFST is a member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) a coalition of agencies that respond to the needs of survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia from overseas. There is a torture and trauma service in each state and territory of Australia.