What's OFEK e.V.?

OFEK e.V. is the first an advice center specialized in antisemitic violence and discrimination in Germany. OFEK advises, accompanies and supports those affected, their relatives as well as witnesses to anti-Semitic incidents and acts of violence. OFEK stands by the side of those seeking advice and sees its task in bringing Jewish perspectives into the social and political debate. OFEK's counselling is based on the quality standards of professional victim counselling and refers to all cases with and without criminal offenses. OFEK offers individual counseling, group formats, a nationwide hotline and regional support in Berlin, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Sachsen. Next to the regional counselling offices, OFEK hosts two regional reporting offices in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

The counselling follows the wishes, needs, and requirements of our clients and is available in German, Hebrew, Russian and English. We advise in crisis situations and also offer talks regarding the psychological processing of after-effects. We advise on legal issues, support in applying for financial support, write statements, accompany to authorities, offices, the police and courts. We advise institutions where the incidents took place and arrange strengthening or training offers if desired. Even if the incident happened some time ago, a consultation can determine which steps are sensible and possible.

Counselling young people, families and students after incidents at school or during their studies as well as providing specialist advice to teachers and school-based actors represent an important focus of OFEK's work.

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