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The North Rhine-Westphalia
Victim Protection Portal

Have you or has someone you know been a victim of violence or a criminal offence such as robbery, rape or a road traffic accident? This portal will help you find support and advice services in your local area or on the Internet.

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Emergency numbers



Emergency number


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Nummer gegen Kummer

Children's and young people's telephone

number available against grief

116 111

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Hilfetelefon Gewalt gegen Frauen

Help hotline

Violence against Women

08000 116 016

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Help hotline

Violence against Men

0800 1239900

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Opfer-Telefon Weißer Ring

Victim line

Weißer Ring

116 006

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Tip line

Sexual abuse of children and young people

0800 0431431

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Landesweite Aktionswoche gegen Gewalt an Frauen vom 22.-27.11.2021

Landesweite Aktionswoche gegen Gewalt an Frauen vom 22.-27.11.2021

Auf Initiative des Ministeriums für Heimat, Kommunales, Bau und Gleichstellung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen findet vom 22. November bis 27. November 2021 die landesweite Aktionswoche gegen Gewalt an Frauen statt.

Gewalt gegen Frauen

Violence against Women

Violence against women and girls occurs at every level of society and has many faces. Whether it is physical or emotional, domestic violence in a marriage or relationship, sexual assault or rape, harassment, cyber-violence or stalking, human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced marriage or general genital mutilation – in North Rhine-Westphalia, specialised protection and advice services for all forms of violence are available to women seeking help.

Gewalt gegen Männer

Violence against Men

Until now, there has only been a piecemeal help structure in place for boys and men as well as gay men, bisexual men, transgender people, transsexuals and intersex people affected by violence. Furthermore, there is little verifiable information about the extent to which violence is committed against men. However, it is beyond doubt that men experience violence as victims, for example, during childhood, on the street, in institutions and also in relationships.


Forced Marriage

In the event of forced marriage, future brides or grooms are forced by their parents or family to enter into marriage against their will. Girls and young women in particular are then frequently unable to complete their education or learn a vocation, soon become pregnant and are completely dependent on their husband in every respect.


Child and Youth Protection

Children and young persons are frequently the victims of violence and crime. Violence in the form of sexual abuse is particularly serious. However, theft, robbery, domestic violence and bodily harm also constitute dangers for children and young persons.


Genital Mutilation

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), female genital mutilation describes all procedures which have the partial or full removal of the external female genitalia or their injury as their goal.


Cyber-Crime/Digital Violence

Cyber-crime or digital violence is a collective term for computer crime and encompasses a wide variety of different criminal offences. Cyber-crime offences are characterised by a large number of different forms of criminal act.