Who we are

Opferhilfe – Hilfe für Opfer von Straftaten in Berlin e.V. (shortened as Opferhilfe Berlin e.V.) was established in 1986 as a non-profit association. Every year, we provide advice to around 2,000 victims and witnesses of crime from all over Berlin in close cooperation with the Senate Department of Justice. Our work is financed by grants from the Berlin Senate Department of Justice, penalty fines, and donations. In addition, we receive the personal support of social workers from the Berlin Justice Department at our counseling center.

The association maintains this support centre in the Moabit area of Berlin, a witness support unit in Moabit criminal court (Moabit Kriminalgericht) and an online counselling service.

What we stand for
The mission and objective of the association is to provide support to the victims and witnesses of crime and their families. In addition, we carry out work with the general public and politicians to campaign for long-term measures to improve the situation for victims. We are committed to a social climate in which victims are shown respect and in which it is easier to turn to institutions for support after experiencing a crime.

The current management board members of Opferhilfe Berlin are:

Professor Claudius Ohder (Chairman), University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Law (FHVR), Dr Petra Mund, certified social padagogue, MA, and Gerhard Schmidt-Burda, managing director of a social services agency.

The association is a member of German welfare organisation the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Landesverband Berlin and the Arbeitskreis der Opferhilfen in Deutschland (ado) (Association of Victim Support Workers in Germany). Opferhilfe Berlin e.V. is a registered non-profit association with Berlin tax office Finanzamt für Körperschaften I under tax identification number 27/674/50565.