Discrimination, Radicalization and Violence
The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt is proactive in its commitment to promoting equality and equal treatment of all people, regardless of their circumstances. Together we strive to make university life and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt a cosmopolitan and diverse place to study and conduct research.
One important step is to support all university members who experience or observe discrimination, exclusion, violence and radicalization tendencies, and those who are affected by racism, anti-Semitism or by discrimination on the basis of their gender, origin, faith, sexual orientation and identity, or disability.
Here is an overview of the counselling and support available both at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and external providers:
Diversity Officer at FH Erfurt
The university's Diversity Officer works to combat discrimination, remove potential barriers and promote equal opportunities, whether it be for reasons of age, gender, ethnicity, social origin, sexual orientation or physical and mental health conditions. Diversity is about recognizing people's diverse achievements and experiences, embracing their potential and putting it to good use.
The Diversity Officer advises and supports all members of the university who are affected by or observe discrimination and exclusion in order to create a cosmopolitan university that sees its diversity as an opportunity!
Frauenzentrum Brennessel ("Brennessel" Women's Centre)
We offer counselling services that are easy to access for people experiencing difficulties, crises, domestic violence or sexually motivated violence. We provide partisan and women-friendly counselling and always allow the women to take responsibility and make their own decisions. We accept every woman as she is and enable her to develop and consolidate coping strategies independently and autonomously. This counselling is entirely voluntary, free of charge and anonymous and can take place in person, by phone or email.
We offer counselling and support for:
- women who are dealing with the consequences of sexual, physical and structural violence and therefore need support
- women during separation who need competent counselling and practical help
- women in challenging circumstances who have experienced migration or refugee status and need support and help with integration
- unemployed women who need help dealing with authorities and have self-esteem issues
- women who need encouragement to accept their sexual orientation or gender identity or who are affected by discrimination or violence as a result
- transwomen who have experienced violence and discrimination
Frauenzentrum Erfurt (Erfurt Women's Centre)
Psychosocial counselling for women
We are here to help you with personal issues, conflicts or difficult situations. We will support you if you are a victim of violence, if you are in a troubled relationship or if you need to make a serious decision.
We are social workers and our counselling is free of charge and can be anonymous if you prefer.
Please make an appointment for a counselling session - unless of course you are in an acute emergency situation.
City Mission Intervention Centre
We advise people affected by domestic violence or being stalked by ex-partners in Erurt, Weimar, Jena, and the districts of Saale-Holzland, Sömmerda and Weimarer Land. We provide short-term counselling services to increase the protection and safety of those affected. If necessary, we can arrange further appropriate support.
It is particularly important for us to respect our clients' views and to support them in making their own decisions.
Counselling can take place by phone, in person or near your home. We treat everything confidentially and you can also choose to remain anonymous. Please rest assured that our services are free of charge.
In addition to counselling those directly affected, we also offer training to raise awareness among professionals and conduct public relations work.
ezra is a specialist counselling centre that professionally supports, accompanies and strengthens victims of right-wing, racist and anti-Semitic violence in Thuringia. They advocate on behalf of those who have been attacked for precisely these reasons and raise public awareness of the perspectives and demands of those affected.
People directly affected, their relatives and witnesses of criminal and violent acts can contact ezra if they have been attacked for racist, anti-Semitic or social Darwinist motives, because of their alternative appearance and/or their non-right-wing stance, their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, their activities against the extreme right and/or for human rights, their journalistic work or their religious affiliation. They also offer counselling if the perpetrators are police officers. Regarding counselling, it is not important whether an official complaint has been filed. The counselling centre is independent of state authorities and their counselling sessions are strictly confidential, free of charge and can also take place anonymously if desired.
MOBIT stands for "mobile counselling in Thuringia". MOBIT sees itself as a partner and service provider working towards a democratic civil society against right-wing extremism. Consultations are open to anyone who wants to stand up for basic democratic values and against the far right. All counselling requests are treated completely in confidence and anonymously.
Distanz e.V. is a distancing program that provides cultural education and counselling for young people and has been the centre for distancing work in Thuringia since 2020. This non-profit organization is dedicated to the emerging field of so-called ''distancing'' work with young people in the sphere of right-wing extremism throughout Germany. In addition to training professionals in needs-specific formats (coaching, further education), Distanz e.V. offers intensive pedagogical training to accompany distancing processes with young people who are at risk of joining and who are oriented towards right-wing extremist movements. Distanz e.V. is a member of the Paritätischen Landesverband ("Parity Association") of Thuringia.