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papatya, anonymous crisis shelter for girls and young women with a migration background
Mädchen mit Mütze Mädchen mit Kopftuch lachendes Mädchen Mädchen mit Kaffetasse lachendes Mädchen Mädchen mit Schleier

PAPATYA offers help and protection to girls and young women of migrant backgrounds who have fled home because of cultural and domestic conflicts and are now threatened by their families.

The anonymous crisis and refuge shelter PAPATYA was founded in 1986 and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. More than 1800 girls and young women have already found protection in our crisis centre.

We are a multicultural team of social workers and one psychologist of Turkish, Kurdish and German background who take care of the girls 24/7. The crisis shelter PAPATYA is open to girls from 13 to 21 years of age; the intake of minors is covered by § 42 KJHG (Child and Youth Welfare Act). The girls may live with us for a transitional period of up to two months, in exceptional cases for even longer.  We work closely with youth welfare agencies and other institutions developing with the girls an individual solution for their domestic problems and aid them in developing a new perspective for their lives. This may mean returning to parents or relatives, moving into a home, a shared flat or assisted living, in or – if necessary – outside of Berlin.

Who can turn to us?

Girls who need a safe and anonymous refuge because they are under pressure from their families who forbid them to leave the house or attend school. Girls who

  • are put under pressure by their families f.e. by not being allowed to leave the house or go to school
  • are threatened or affected by forced marriage
  • are victims of violence in the name of “honour”
  • are pregnant
  • are lesbian
  • suffer from mistreatment and/or sexual violence
  • fear being sent to their country of origin
  • Anybody who in their professional life is confronted with issues like these and seeks information and advice.

What does PAPATYA offer?

Protection – PAPATYA offers girls who are in danger a safe space where they can find the peace that is necessary to think things through and are protected against threats and persecution. This is why we do not give out our address or telephone number.

Accommodation and care – We have bedrooms for one, two and three girls and can offer up to eight girls accommodation in a family-like atmosphere. Girls that had to run away from home at short notice are provided with all necessities. Our housekeeper keeps the girls fed and ensures in cooperation with the team that the girls benefit from a structured daily routine.

Conflict Solution – we accompany and assist the girls in their conflicts with their families and offer individualised help and advice.

Perspective – The focus of our work lies in aiding the girls in planning their future. Depending on individual requirements this may include assistance in matters of the law relating to foreigners, the passing on to counselling provided by other organisations and help connected to developing perspectives as regards schooling or professional training. We partner with the girls in the search for appropriate, long-term and – if necessary – anonymous lodging.

You can contact us through:
Mindener Straße 14
10589 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Phone +49 (0)30 - 61 00 62

and/ or the youth services of the respective municipal districts