practitioner and trainer
Elisabeth Hell joined Violence Prevention Network Germany in early 2020 as a project manager and trainer at the department for right-wing extremism. In her work she focuses on the field of disengagement from violent political extremism by assisting clients’ rehabilitation and reintegration and counseling their families. Moreover, she leads trainings for professionals from various fields on topics closely linked to violent extremism and the prevention of violence. In her early twenties, Elisabeth volunteered in the field of youth work and several community building projects in Berlin. By now she draws on a decade of professional experience in the field of (youth) social work with young people in so-called „multi-challenge situations.“ Among other projects, from 2015 onward, she ran an open youth club and counseling center for young women*. Her main focus here was the empowerment of young women* affected by (gender based) violence and racism. To this day, her work is deeply shaped by working with members of communities, which are affected by discrimination, especially racism and violence. Therefore gender-reflection, intersectional perspectives and antidiscrimination work remain important cross-cutting issues in her work for Violence Prevention Network. At the moment, she focuses on how to reach out to girls and women as a target group in tertiary extremism prevention and on the development of gender- specific prevention strategies and approaches. Elisabeth studied Political Science (B.A.) at the Free University of Berlin, and Gender Studies (M.A.) at Humboldt University of Berlin and she is a certified anti violence trainer.