Berlin’s help and support system for women victims of violence and to protect women refugees (“Berliner Hilfesystem für gewaltbetroffene Frauen und zum Gewaltschutz für geflüchtete Frauen”) offers comprehensive protection and counselling in six women’s shelters, 45 safe houses/apartments and 46 second‐level houses/apartments. As of 1 January 2018, women’s shelters have a combined total of 301 places for women and their children. With the BIG hotline, Berlin operates a helpline that women who have experienced violence can call right away and receive information and help there and then without the need for red tape. Victims of domestic violence, sexualised violence and cyber violence can approach specialised counselling centres. They can also seek help and support from many of the women’s projects in place throughout Berlin.
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