Projects

Overview: What we do and where

The team of Violence Prevention Network works on various projects in the field of prevention, intervention and deradicalization/disengagement assistance. The objectives of the individual projects are based on the respective needs in the region. They differ in terms of content, regional coverage and duration. Get an overview of which projects we are currently carrying out:

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Support services to aid reintegration after incarceration

The purpose of the project is to prevent the re-radicalisation of clients who were incarcerated and underwent a counselling process during their incarceration. For this project, Violence Prevention Network consolidates its expertise in direct distancing and deradicalisation work and its long-standing experiences with individual stabilisation and reintegration strategies. read more …

ACT!

Preventing Radicalisation through Theatre

ACT! is a collaboration between Violence Prevention Network (in its capacity of an association of experts in extremism prevention and deradicalisation work) and the Zoukak Theatre Company in Lebanon. Its goal is to strengthen the latter partner, which is a social entity, and provide professional development services in the field of violence and extremism prevention. read more …

Advice Centre Baden-Wuerttemberg

The main focus of the Advice Centre Baden-Wuerttemberg 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. read more…

Advice Centre Bavaria

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. read more…

Advice Centre Berlin - PREVENT

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 Advice Centre Berlin 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. read more…

Advice Centre Hesse

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. read more…

Advice Centre Saxony

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. read more…

Advice Centre Thuringia

The Advice Centre Thuringia 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 Thuringia can help to identify islmophobic reasoning with the aim to find strategies against it. read more…

Counselling related to refugees

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. read more…

CROSSROADS

Counselling – Prevention – Deradicalisation

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. read more…

Deradicalisation in prison

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. read more…

Early Education

The transition from pre-school age to primary school is a great opportunity for children to develop a sense of democracy. If pedagogues and parents work together during this phase, they can foster important socio-emotional competences that strengthen children’s capacity for democratic thought. read more …

EMMA

Evaluation and Mentoring of the Multi-Agency Approach to Violent Radicalisation

The EMMA project was launched under coordination of the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and in collaboration with Ghent University, RadarAdvies and Violence Prevention Network. The project is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF-Police). read more…

Expanding Access

Professionalising case acquisition in the field of Islamist extremism

Since the start of 2019, when the so-called Islamic State was defeated, media interest in Islamist extremism has been on the decrease. This lack of coverage has caused a decline in cases: parents, teachers and youth welfare offices no longer feel an urgent need to take action. read more …

Family Counselling in the Context of Islamism

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. read more…

Group X

Former extremists as preventative figures in the field of Islamist extremism

The project Group X aims to determine the potential of people who have left radical Islamist scenes to work in prevention. Violence Prevention Network is providing a group of former extremists with an opportunity to work alongside its existing teams and use their own skills and expertise to support them. read more …

Islam-ist

In 2016, the website www.islam-ist.de was established. This component of the online campaign for the prevention of radicalisation is an information portal about the topic of Islam, funded by the Berlin State Commission Berlin against Violence and the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and Sport. read more…

KN:IX

Competence Network ‘Islamist Extremism’

The Competence Network ‘Islamist Extremism’ (KN:IX) is an association of three organisations BAG Relex, ufuq.de und Violence Prevention Network. We document current developments and opportunities for improvement in the field of Islamist extremism and foster the advancement and transfer of innovative services. The purpose of KN:IX is to contribute to the consolidation and nation-wide integration of preventative approaches into regulatory structures. read more …

PkBM

Political and cultural education: museums as an instrument of extremism prevention and deradicalisation

PkBM is a collaborative project of the Museum of Islamic Art (Berlin State Museums – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) and Violence Prevention Network. It provides political and cultural education to schools, using museums as an instrument of extremism prevention and deradicalisation. read more …

PrEval

Evaluation Designs for Preventative Measures

PrEval is a collaborative project aimed at advancing quality assurance structures in German extremism prevention and at its interfaces with crime prevention and political education. Its methods include analysis, monitoring and mapping formats, multimethod pilot studies and conferences. The project was set up to improve the quality and effectiveness of preventative measures across Germany on a permanent, long-term basis. PrEval covers a broad spectrum that includes religious as well as political forms of extremism. read more …

proRespekt

A democratic approach to violence-free schools

The programme is implemented by Fachstelle proRespekt, which consists of a sponsor network including the German Children and Youth Foundation, Gangway – Straßensozialarbeit in Berlin e. V. and Violence Prevention Network e. V. The entities of Fachstelle proRespekt contribute their expertise in the fields of school development, street work and violence prevention to the project. The Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family funds the programme. read more …

REE!

A change of course for right-wing extremists

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has reported new momentum and the worrying emergence of new networks in the right-wing extremist scene. Over the past years, there has been a surge in the number of right-wing extremists considered by the police to be especially dangerous. The number of high-risk individuals in the far-right scene has doubled since 2016, and Berlin is a hot spot. read more …

Trias Berlin

TRIAS Berlin bridges the gaps between pedagogy, social work and the psychological and therapeutic occupations in the field of extremism prevention. Through its networking activities, it offers a range of interdisciplinary prevention measures. Within the scope of the model project and collaboration of Violence Prevention Network and Fachstelle Extremismus und Psychologie, it develops ways of involving psychotherapists in the field of extremism prevention as mental health experts. Their role will be based on the conciliatory work performed in similar contexts. read more …

Way Out

Integrated Exit Programme for Prisons and Probation

The WayOut project – Integrated Exit Programme for Prisons and Probation – is fundamentally aimed at building a common framework to evaluate exit programmes along with the development of an innovative and integrated programme based on proven effectiveness approaches. Ultimately the project will improve and facilitate the implementation of exit Programmes across the Criminal Justice system, namely in prison and probation settings. Hence, this project responds to one of the European Union’s security concerns: the problem of radicalisation leading to violent extremism. read more…