List of projects

The main focus of the Advice Centre Baden-Württemberg is to intervene in the radicalization processes. Targeted de-radicalisation activities are aimed at people who tend to travel to war zones, return to Germany as “foreign fighters” and/or are searching for an escape from extremist ideologies.

The goals of the Advice Centre Bavaria are the prevention of radicalisation and the de-radicalisation of youths. The objective consists in directly addressing young vulnerable people who are part of the extreme Salafist scene and initiating disengagement processes.

Since its opening the main focus of the Advice Centre Hesse is to intervene in the radicalization processes. Targeted de-radicalisation activities are aimed at people who tend to travel to war zones, return to Germany as “foreign fighters” and/or are searching for an escape from extremist ideologies.

The goal of the Advice Centre Saxony is to provide education about extremism and recruitment strategies as well as to develop strategies for youth when signs of radicalisation arise in peer groups. Other objectives are to demystify the phenomenon of jihadism and to increase the ability of young people to distance themselves from extremism.

The Advice Centre Thüringen offers advanced vocational training, coaching and counselling around the topic of islam for multipliers and institutions. The primary goal is to strengthen the competency and abilities of employees in institutions. The Advice Centre Thüringen can help to identify islmophobic reasoning with the aim to find strategies against it.

Counselling and attendance for unaccompanied minor refugees

In 2015 almost 80.000 Refugees came to Berlin. Over 4.000 of them were unaccompanied minors. This group is especially vulnerable and prone to islamistic recruitement. Violence Prevention Network has therefore installed a programme to counsel and attend unaccompanied minor refugees to immunize them against salafist extremism and islamistic recruiters.

BAHIRA helps educate and raise awareness among mosque communities on the topic of radicalisation prevention. BAHIRA also aims to establish mosques as places and "providers" of radicalisation prevention measures.

Refugees are increasingly being targeted by recruitment attempts from the Salafist scene. Anyone working with refugees – as a volunteer or professional, in accommodation centres, training and education programmes or within the scope of mentoring schemes – is at constant risk of failing to recognise and prevent potential recruitment attempts or beginning processes of radicalisation.

The Berlin-centric counselling and intervention project "Crossroads" has been offering measures for the prevention of radicalisation or for the de-radicalisation of young people since the summer of 2014 specific to the domain of right-wing extremism. The objective consists in addressing young people who are at risk of radicalisation or who have already undergone a process of radicalisation on-site and initiating processes of withdrawal.

The model project "Demystify extremism!" is an answer to the growing need to use preventative political education in order to address the phenomenon of religious extremism. The goal is to provide education about extremism and recruitment strategies as well as to develop strategies for youth when signs of radicalisation arise in peer groups. Other objectives are to demystify the phenomenon of jihadism and to increase the ability of young people to distance themselves from extremism.

Radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation in prison and probation

On account of the growing numbers of (severely) radicalised offenders and the threat of radicalisation processes within the penal system, German correctional facilities are expanding measures for radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation. This includes the probationary system. Multipliers working in correctional facilities and the probationary system further have access to thematic, needs-based training programmes. The latter are implemented in penal facilities, young offenders’ institutions, offices of the AJSD (Ambulanter Justizsozialdienst) and other relevant points across the entire Federal Republic.

Early Birds is a cooperation between the Technische Universität Chemnitz and Violence Prevention Network e. V.

The aim of this model project is the implementation of measures in antidiscrimination and early prevention at pre-school age. The aim for professionals who are working in preschool education and assistance is to broaden their competences and to activate their professional contact with parents who act in a pejorative or discriminatory way towards certain groups or persons.

Non-theoretical peer-to-peer learning aiming at the development, improvement and refinement of deradicalisation practice

EPEX is an international network, including 15 organisations and individual members from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Norway, Tunisia and the UK working in the prevention of radicalisation, deradicalisation and exit work.

The intention of Family Counselling is to support parents of “foreign fighters” or youths at risk to be radicalised and guide them in their communication process with their radicalised children and prevent the recruitment of vulnerable youths. It is designed to support parents during the absence of their offspring as “foreign fighters” and to support parents within the return process of their radicalised children.

Since April 2015, Violence Prevention Network has been carrying out work in Berlin in the area of de-radicalisation in cooperation with the Senate Office for Home Affairs. The "Kompass Advice Centre" aims to dissuade people affiliated to Islamic-motivated extremism from their propensity for violence and to prevent departures to destinations in civil war-torn regions in Syria and Iraq. Similarly, work with so-called returnees is a component of the programme.

MAXIMA's goal is to provide education about extremism and recruitment strategies as well as to develop strategies for girls and young women when signs of radicalisation arise in their peer groups. Other objectives are to demystify the phenomenon of jihadism and to increase the ability of girls and young women to distance themselves from extremism.

The PREPARE project, under the lead of European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS), brings together local authorities and expert organisations. Starting in November 2017, PREPARE’s general objective is to contribute to preventing radicalisation through deradicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation programmes in release and probation.

Salam to You is an online prevention project, which is targeted to the needs of youths with intercultural interests. An editorial department of young people will create thrilling and creative content for their peer group (i.e. videos on YouTube).

The Teach2Reach project is a response to the growing need for preventative political education in order to address the phenomenon of religious extremism. Its goal is to provide education about extremism and recruitment strategies as well as to develop potential courses of action for young people and specialised staff when signs of radicalisation arise. Other objectives are to demystify the phenomenon of jihadism and to increase the ability of young people to distance themselves from extremism.

The project Teach2Teach is dedicated to the phenomenon of right-wing populism in Germany. While right-wing populistic parties and movements are winning favour, authorities are registering an increasing amount of criminal offences – belonging to the political right-wing spectrum -, which are committed by people who act outside the usual right-wing scenes.

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