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ReachOut is a counselling centre for victims of rightwing extremist, racist or anti-Semitic violence in Berlin.
- We also support and counsel family members or victims' friends and people who have witnessed an assault.
- The situation and the perspective of the victims are of central importance for ReachOut.
- ReachOut offers anti racist, intercultural workshops and trainings.
- ReachOut collects informations on right-wing extremist, racist and anti-Semitic assaults in Berlin and publishes a chronicle of the attacks.
- counselling and emotional support after an assault,
- assistance in decision making processes regarding further actions,
- information on legal means (reporting to the police, joint plaintiff etc.),
- help in finding lawyers,
- a companion service to accompany victims to the police, the authorities, the court hearings, to doctors etc.,
- assistance in preparing legal and court proceedings as well as after a court proceeding,
- information on financial support (legal aid, compensation claims etc.),
- help in procuring therapy,
- contact to other counselling centres, e.g. regarding problems with residence permits,
- PR work ( e.g. press releases, organising events),
- seminars on racism, rightwing extremism and anti-Semitism in Berlin.
Our counselling methods are...
- We work client-oriented.
- Our services are free and voluntary.
- Our aim is empowerment.
- Confidentiality and anonymity are guaranteed.
Our objectives are...
- full participation of every individual in civil society and society at large - irrespective of colour appearance, place of origin, sexual or religious orientation,
- empowering the victims for autonomy, decision-making competences and self-esteem,
- raising public awareness on the impact, the dimension and the consequences of discrimination, racism and right-wing extremism,
- solidarity with the victims.
Who we are...
- a team of five men and women with/without an origin of migration,
- many years of experience in anti-racist campaigning and intercultural education (e.g. first national anti-racist telephone hotline, first feminist, anti-racist and interdisciplinary seminar in Berlin),
- long-standing experience in counselling victims of racist and domestic violence.