The association “Women help women FFB” will run the women's shelter that is being built on Untere Bahnhofstrasse.
Merkur uses International Women's Day on Monday, March 8th, to present the future institution and the association in more detail.
- The new women's shelter is due to open in April 2022.
It will then replace the house that has existed in another district municipality for 30 years.
The sponsoring association “Women Helping Women FFB” has not only run the women's refuge, but has also been running all support services in the district for decades - including the women's emergency number, the women's advice center and the intervention center against domestic violence.
The protective facility that is currently being built is part of the Max and Gabriele Strobl House and will also be home to an inpatient hospice and social housing.
The developer is the social foundation, which will also remain the owner of the entire building complex.
However, the social foundation has nothing to do with the sponsorship of the facilities in the building.
The district association will continue to operate the women's refuge in the future.
From the point of view of “Women helping women”, something really new is emerging in Germering: “A house with an open address that does not use anonymity to protect women, but on the contrary enables women to take their place in the midst of society.” Hiding will be have come to an end, write the association representatives - the address of the existing house had always been kept secret.
The protection of women and children who seek protection in the new house is guaranteed on the one hand by structural security measures: video surveillance, entrance lock, transponder system for the doors, specially secured windows and a direct connection to a private security service are all part of this.
Close cooperation with the police should also ensure protection.
According to the association, there will be a security concept internally in the women's refuge that should work like this: The threat situation is recorded via a risk screening and, depending on the requirements, legally stipulated measures such as a ban on contact and proximity or addressing the threats will be implemented by the police.
An essential part of the concept is also the fact that the people in the neighborhood will know who lives in the house: women who need society's protection.
“Women help women” hopes that the neighbors will support them in offering the women a safe place.
According to the association, a women's refuge as a well-known place has a positive effect on women's self-confidence and personal responsibility.
At least that was shown by reports from houses that already apply this principle.
Those seeking protection receive help in discovering and using their options.
You could develop a new, self-determined way of life.
The open address also makes it easier to find support options.
A precise environmental analysis will be a new part of the help concept.
It should also be clarified whether there are still relatives or acquaintances who can give the women support.
Change is often difficult to achieve from isolation.
Those affected are also often ashamed to deal openly with the violence they have experienced.
They shy away from talking to people they know about it and accepting help.
"Women help women" also plans to contact the violent partner - if the person seeking protection so wishes.
This could solve a problem that arises because many women want to maintain the relationship despite all the incidents: "It could be discussed how the violence can be overcome permanently".
Conversations with the partner are also useful because there are often children in the women's refuge.
Men and women could then talk about what they need from them and how they should be dealt with.
The role of children
The children also play a special role in the concept of the future women's shelter.
According to the association, they need special support in order to be able to process what they have experienced.
The girls and boys should experience that they are accepted in the women's shelter as independent personalities with their own wishes.
They should also be able to gain new experiences - the open address also helps with this, because they no longer have any confidentiality pressure and can invite friends.
The association “Women Help Women” also points out that it has to pay a ten percent share of the financial expenses for all projects.
He is therefore urgently dependent on donations.
Anyone who wants to make a contribution can find out how to do it on the Internet at www.fhf-ffb.de.