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Resources for Women: An Emergency Guide
Nadja Sayej
2011-07-01

The last thing you want to think about is “What if something goes wrong?” while you’re abroad for work or for travel. The solutions to your problems in Germany:

 

EMERGENCY HOTLINES:

The Frauenkrisentelefon is a crisis hotline and counseling center if you need someone to talk to in English, Persian and Dari, offering advice and direction to other resources for your current situation.

www.frauenkrisentelefon.de

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WOMEN'S SHELTERS & EMERGENCY HOUSING:

The Zufluchtswohnungen fur Frauen (or Zuff e.V.) offers refuge housing and shelter to women in emergency situations, and have 31 places in total. The housing is temporary, and the housing addresses remain anonymous to protect their clients.

www.zufluchtswohnungen.de

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The Paula Panke Center offers emotional, legal and social support for women who are victims of violence, provide protection for women and children under domestic abuse, self-help groups and courses to help improve physical and mental health. Service is provided in English, Spanish, Russian and Polish.

www.paula-panke.de

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The Frauenberatungsstelle Bora is a shelter, counseling center, communal housing and an education support center for women and children. They offer services in English, French, Russian, Polish and more.

www.frauenprojekte-bora.de

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CLINICS:

The LARA clinic helps women who have been victims of sexual assault and sexual violence. They work with lawyers and offer personal consultation appointments from Monday to Friday in Schöneberg. They also have a hotline: 030-216 88 88.

www.lara-berlin.de

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Balance is a pregnancy counseling center that can help point you in the right direction if you need someone professional to talk to, help getting a pregnancy test, and more.

www.schwangerschaftsberatung-balance.de (in German only)

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COMMUNITY:

The Berlin International Women’s Club offers community events and membership for English-speaking women from abroad living in Germany, with over 300 members from 57 countries.

www.biwc.de

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NADJA SAYEJ, host of ArtStars*, writes about art for artUS, Border Crossings, C magazine, Canadian Art, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times and was splashed the cover of Eye Weekly as “the next Jeanne Beker.” She was called “Center Stage in Toronto in an Art in America cover story. She is a columnist for enRoute and is busting her ass in Berlin, Germany, and surrounding countries. Follow the adventurous fun on Twitter or her ever-popular Facebook fanpage or even on LinkedIn, as well.  artstarstv.com_250px.jpg

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