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This FAQ responds to questions revolving around the topic of protecting refugee women and girls against violence. It begins with a glossary that clarifies key terms and their consequences for female refugees. The glossary will be amended and updated as required on the websites of bff and FHK.

The FAQ then continues with a number of questions that are categorised according to ten broader topics. Some of the questions recur because they belong to different topics at the same time.

It is important to note that legal regulations frequently change in this field. This FAQ is concerned with the legal situation as of December 2020. This FAQ can’t replace a legal counselling, it can only help with general information and give a first orientation in legal questions.


Regulations relating to asylum and residence matters

Gender-specific violence as a reason for asylum and its role during the asylum procedure

Marriage and family law

• Medical support and social benefits

• Funding of counselling and protection for refugee women

Protective measures for refugee women living in shelters

• Admission of female refugees to women’s shelters

Is it possible for female refugees to apply for name change as a protective measure?

What is the impact of the new penal code for sexual offences on residential regulations?

Church asylum

Under what conditions does having a child in Germany impact the residence permit of refugee parents?

(New) ways to a regular residence status

The Istanbul Convention and its significance for the protection of refugee women