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VBRG – Association of Counselling Centres 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, racist and anti-Semitic 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.