FAQ – Frequently asked questions at the intersection of flight and protection against violence

This FAQ responds to questions revolving around the topic of protecting refugee women and girls against violence. It begins with a glossary that clarifies key terms and their consequences for female refugees. The glossary will be amended and updated as required on the websites of bff and FHK.

The FAQ then continues with a number of questions that are categorised according to ten broader topics. Some of the questions recur because they belong to different topics at the same time.

It is important to note that legal regulations frequently change in this field. This FAQ is concerned with the legal situation as of December 2020. This FAQ can’t replace a legal counselling, it can only help with general information and give a first orientation in legal questions.



Barbara Wessel

Dorothee Frings,  table:  “Funding the stay of female refugees in women’s shelters“


Editorial team:

Katharina Göpner, Federal Association of Rape Crisis Centres and Women’s Counselling Centres in Germany (bff)

Elisabeth Oberthür, Association of Women’s Shelters (FHK e.V.)


Version issued December 2020

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