Welcome to VBRG, the Association of Counseling Centers for Victims of Right-wing, Racist and Anti-Semitic Violence in Germany

VBRG is committed to providing victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence across Germany with access to counselling and support. Its members operate in a professional, independent, free-of-charge and partisan (pro-victim) manner. At present, 15 independent counselling organizations for people affected by those crimes in 13 of Germany’s federal states are members in the association VBRG.

Every year, our member organizations counsel and support hundreds of persons affected by right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence. In doing so, they draw on two decades of experience and considerable expertise. They support those directly affected by attacks, threats, arson and assault as well as witnesses, relatives and communities. This support is provided confidentially, on site and anonymously on request. The counselling services of all of VBRG’s member organizations give priority to the victims´ perspectives and their desire to overcome the material and immaterial consequences of an attack.

All too often, right-wing and racist violence and its consequences are ignored, downplayed or never made public. Together with our member organizations, we render the scope of hate violence visible by means of reliable monitoring, independent statistics and analyses.

The association and its members have been working towards and support the effort to establish national and international network of NGOs providing counselling and support for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence and other hate crimes.

The counseling services of all of VBRG’s member organizations give priority to the victim’s perspective and his or her desire to overcome the material and immaterial consequences of right-wing, racist or anti-Semitic violence: by offering to act as joint plaintiff in the criminal proceedings against perpetrators, by providing information and access to material compensation and by accompanying victims to the police, the public prosecutor’s office, in court or when dealing with immigration authorities, job centers or other institutions. This often involves public relations and media activities, as well as lobbying politicians and government agencies. All of VBRG’s member organizations have agreed on shared quality standards.

VBRG’s member organizations are professional, independent counseling organizations for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence. They support victims, relatives and witnesses to attacks in accordance with shared quality standards: free of charge, confidentially, anonymously (on request), on location and in a partisan (pro-victim) manner. Their goal is to help victims of attacks overcome the material and immaterial consequences of crimes, to support them in exercising their rights and to place their perspective and demands at the center of the public discourse on right-wing extremism, racism and right-wing violence.

VBRG’s member organizations provide counseling that is

  • free of charge
  • outreach-based – The victims themselves decide where meetings take place.
  • multilingual – Where appropriate, counseling is provided with the aid of translators.
  • confidential – No information is provided to third parties without the victim’s consent. Counseling is provided anonymously on request.
  • client-oriented and partisan – Counseling is oriented towards the wishes, perspectives and needs of victims and does not necessarily involve reporting incidents to the police.
  • independent of all government agencies

Services include:

  • support and counseling on how to come to terms with an attack emotionally
  • decision guidance with regard to further action
  • information on legal options (reporting incidents to the police, accessory prosecution etc.)
  • support in finding lawyers
  • accompanying victims to government agencies, the police, lawyers, medical doctors etc.
  • preparation and follow-up of legal proceedings, accompanying victims to court
  • counseling on financial support (e.g. legal aid, compensation payments) and support with applications
  • psychosocial counseling
  • procuration of therapeutic and medical services
  • on request: public relations activities geared to raising awareness of the victim’s demands in the media, in society and among politicians
  • accompanying the victim to administrative bodies and government agencies, so as to ensure (or restore) his or her security

If you require counseling, please contact the counseling organization in your federal state directly.

Counseling Centers for victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence in Germany

Counseling Centers

 
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Publications in English

What to do after a right-wing, racist or anti-Semitic attack? Possibilities for action and help for victims, relatives and witnesses. A guidebook.

This guide is aimed at people who have experienced right-wing, racist, antiziganist or anti-Semitic violence, their relatives and friends and witnesses of an attack. This guide is intended to help those affected to find their way in a non-routine situation by giving a brief guide to important questions and decisions.

Published by: VBRG – Association of Counseling Centres for Victims of Right-wing, Racist and Anti-Semitic Violence in Germany, Berlin 2019

Download: What to do after a right-wing, racist or anti-Semitic attack  [PDF, 790 KB]

Hate Crime Victim Support in Europe – A practical Guide

The short book, Hate Crime Victim Support in Europe – A Practical Guide, presents the knowledge gathered and provides useful practical case study illustrations of supporting hate crime victims. This comprehensive guide shares the deep experience and knowledge of hate crime victim support providers in europe with a broader audience.

Authors: Stephan-Jakob Kees, Paul Iganski, Robert Kusche, Magdalena Świder, Kusminder Chahal

Download: Hate Crime Victim Support in Europe – A practical Guide [PDF, 900 KB]