Can I go to PAPATYA?

Yes, if you are a girl or young woman between 13 and 21 years old and are being threatened by your family.

There are several reasons to be taken in by PAPATYA. You can go to PAPATYA if:

  • you are being threatened with forced marriage or have already been forced to marry
  • your family is threatening you because of the “family honour”
  • you are being put under pressure for example through controls on your movement, or you are forbidden to go out or go to school
  • you are suffering from physical, psychological or sexual violence
  • you are pregnant and no-one must find out about it
  • you are lesbian and your family does not accept your sexual orientation
  • you feel unloved, excluded or rejected by your family
  • you are afraid of being sent to your country of origin against your will by your family

Before a possible acceptance into the crisis apartment the staff will speak to you by telephone and explain the rules that apply at PAPATYA. If you are still a minor, the Youth Office has to take you into their care before you can come to the crisis shelter.