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Counseling

If you have experienced sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence, you can get confidential support from the counseling services listed here. They are also available to people who have witnessed sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence, as well as people seeking information on how to prevent them. The counselors are all sworn to professional secrecy and will not share any information with other parties without the explicit permission of the person seeking counseling. At certain service offices, you can seek advice or counseling anonymously.

If you are looking to be referred to specialized external service offices that are not listed on this website, please get in touch with the Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination and Violence. Among others, these may include service offices for queer people who have experienced discrimination and violence, for people who experienced sexualized violence in their childhood, for people in various critical situations, and also service offices counseling perpetrators.


University Offices

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Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination and Violence

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer step-by-step support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All who work or study at Freie Universität Berlin or who are guests

Languages?

German, English, Turkish

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Chief Gender Equality Officer of Freie Universität Berlin

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer step-by-step support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All women at Freie Universität Berlin and other individuals who have experienced discrimination due to their sexual identity

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Local Gender Equality Officers

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All women in their respective departments, institutes, or units

Languages?

German and a mix of others depending on the department, institute, etc.

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling

What?

Psychological counseling related to experiences with sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking)

For whom?

Members of Freie Universität Berlin, students and employees

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Social Counseling and Support

What?

Confidential preliminary consultation in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking). Help finding additional support or expert counseling if necessary

For whom?

All employees at Freie Universität Berlin who have experienced discrimination due to their sexual identity

Languages?

German, English, French, Spanish

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Office of Social Counseling and Support

What?

Psychological and social counseling, step-by-step support, referrals to other support or counseling services

For whom?

All Freie Universität Berlin employees

Languages?

German, English, Croatian

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Staff Council: Dahlem

What?

Help with finding services and support

For whom?

All employees of Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Staff Council of Student Employees

What?

Help with finding services and support

For whom?

All student employees of Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Youth and Apprentices Representatives

What?

Counseling related to experiences with sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking)

For whom?

All young people and apprentices at Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Women’s Counseling at AStA (General Students’ Committee)

What?

Support with problems and questions concerning sexism, discrimination on campus, sexualized violence, family violence, stalking, multiple discrimination, and finding therapy. Help in cases of heterosexist incidents, assault and/or sexualized assaults or violence; help with finding legal, social, or psychological support

For whom?

Students and employees who do not identify as cis-men

Languages?

German, English, Spanish, and others upon request

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Queer-feminist Peer Support at AStA (General Students’ Committee)

What?

Support and counseling on topics like coming out, transitioning, finding a therapist, lawyer, or doctor

For whom?

Students and employees who do not identify as cis-men

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Counseling for Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* People at the Gay Students Department (Schwulenreferat)

What?

Help and support against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia at Freie Universität Berlin

For whom?

Gay, bisexual, and trans* people

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Representative Body for Disabled Employees

What?

Help in finding suitable counseling and support offices

For whom?

All Freie Universität Berlin employees

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

University Walk-in Clinic of Freie Universität Berlin – Trauma Consultations for Adolescents and Young Adults

What?

Outpatient psychotherapy for young people who are under sustained stress due to traumatic experiences (for example, sexualized assault); focus on behavioral therapy; initial consultation to clarify needs and get general advice; consultations adhere to the professional code of psychological psychotherapists and children and youth psychotherapists

For whom?

Young people 14 years and older who are under sustained stress due to traumatic experiences

Languages?
German, English

Confidentiality?
Confidential

 


Selection of External Resources

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Outpatient Clinic for the Protection against Violence

What?

Forensic medical assessment and documentation of visible injuries, for example, following domestic violence or injuries following sexualized violent crimes (treatment given in Charité’s rescue centers), experiences of violence on the job/at work; child abuse; optional counseling also available through Operhilfe e.V. (victim support association)

For whom?

Victims of (sexualized) violence

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Languages?

German, English

Federal Antidiscrimination Agency

What?

Counseling in cases of discrimination or sexualized harassment, examining legal claims related to the General Act on Equal Treatment (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz – AGG), referrals to other support services, arbitration services if necessary

For whom?

Anyone who feels that they have been discriminated against (for example, due to their gender or sexual identity) and anyone who has questions about the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG)

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Languages?

German, English, Arabic

FRIEDA Counseling Center for Women

What?

Support in cases of stalking, including cyberstalking

For whom?

Girls and women who have been affected by stalking

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Languages?

German; English and French available upon request



LARA e.V.

What?

Help for women who have been raped, sexually abused, sexually assaulted, and/or sexually harassed; counseling available by phone or in person; legal advice from female lawyers; mobile counseling for refugee women

For whom?

Women, girls, and transgender people 14 years and older

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Languages?

German, English, Polish, Arabic, for other languages an interpreter can be provided

bff: Federal Association of Rape Crisis Centers and Women’s Counseling Centers in Germany

What?
Counseling in person or by phone when dealing with any and all forms of (sexualized) violence, for example, violence in relationships or close social surroundings (“domestic violence”); rape, including rape in the context of war; trafficking in women and forced prostitution; sexual abuse in childhood and adolescence; sexual abuse in a therapeutic and counseling context; (sexual) harassment at work; bullying; stalking; digital violence; psychological violence; counseling in cases of pregnancy conflicts; referrals to other support services

For whom?
All women who are experiencing or have experienced sexualized, physical, and/or psychological violence

Confidentiality?
Confidential, anonymous upon request

Languages?
Depending on the individual counseling center, interpreters can be arranged for certain languages

Frauenberatung TARA – – Counseling and Intervention Center for Domestic Violence / Intercultural Support Service

What?

Information on legal steps, psychological counseling, help finding an apartment or referral to a women’s shelter

For whom?

Women affected by domestic violence

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Languages?

Persian, English, Hungarian, Romanian, and German. Interpreters can be arranged for other languages

GLADT e.V.

What?

Counseling in cases of sexualized violence, violence in relationships, but also violence experienced through government offices or on the streets; (multiple) discrimination, bullying, stalking, help finding therapists, doctors, and lawyers

For whom?

(Refugee) LGBT*I*Q (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, inter*, queer) individuals with immigration history, people of color and black people, people who are affected by multiple discrimination due to disability, age, religion, beliefs, social background, etc., (elected) family members and friends of victims, professionals, advocates

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Languages?

Urdu, Punjabi, Turkish, Hebrew, Persian, German, English. Interpreters can be arranged for the following languages: German Sign Language, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Georgian, and Russian


BIG-Hotline

What?

Initial consultation by phone in cases of domestic violence, as well as counseling in person, personal accompaniment to court dates, help understanding bureaucratic questions

For whom?

Women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence; individuals who want to help someone who is experiencing domestic violence; staff and employees working with issues of domestic violence in their work at government offices and social institutions

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Languages?

German. Interpreters can be arranged for a large number of languages

 

AnDi - Berlin Antidiscrimination App

What?

AnDi is the Antidiscrimination App of the state of Berlin. It helps finding suitable antidiscrimination counselling services in Berlin. You can also report incidents of discriminination via this AnDi.

For whom?

Anyone in Berlin who feels that they have been discriminated against (for example, due to their gender or sexual identity) and anyone who has observed discrimination against others

Confidentiality?

Confidential and anonymous

Languages?

German, English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Russisch, Turkish

Berliner Krisendienst - Help during a Crisis

What?

Help when experiencing psychosocial crises or acute mental and psychiatric emergency situations. 24/7. 9 Berlin offices. Support by phone, in the office and in acute situations in situ.

For whom?

People experiencing a crisis, their relatives or people otherwise involved and people dealing with others in crises

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Languages?

German, English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish

Hilfetelefon Gewalt Gegen Frauen - Helpline Violence against Women

What?

The nationwide helpline offers anonymous and free of charge counseling for women who have experienced violence and for individuals wanting to help someone who is experiencing violence. 24/7 support via online chat or by calling: 08000 116 016. For people from all nationalities and with our without disabilities.

For whom?

Women who have experienced violence; individuals who want to help someone who is experiencing violence; staff and employees working with issues of violence

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous

Languages?

German, English, Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Kurdish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, German sign language

Weißer Ring - Victim Support

What?

Support and personal care, accompanying to appointments with authorities and at the court. Providing legal security and financial support in crime-afflicted emergency situations. Helpline from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. under the number: 116 006

For whom?

People affected by criminal acts, like, e.g., rape, domestic violence or cyberbullying

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous

Languages?

German, English