Counseling | De-radicalization | Network

Hayat (Turkish and Arabic for “Life“) is the first German counseling program for persons involved in radical Salafist groups or on the path of a violent Jihadist radicalization, including those travelling to Syria and other combat zones. Further, HAYAT is available to the relatives of a radicalized person as well.

Confidential – Anonymous – Multilingual


Hayat was established in 2011, tying in with the experiences of the first German de-radicalization and disengagement program for highly radicalized neo-Nazis: EXIT-Germany. This initiative developed methods and approaches to counsel and work with the relatives of radicalized persons to eventually prevent, decelerate and invert the radicalization process. Transferring this unique knowledge and experience into the realm of Islamic extremism, HAYAT is now available to parents, siblings, friends, teachers, employers, and anyone else who has a relationship to a person potentially on the path of a (violent) radicalization. Moreover, HAYAT is working directly with radicalized persons in order to demonstrate the prerequisites and possibilities of desistance from radical behavior, ideologies and groups.


Since January 2012, HAYAT has been the partner of the German Federal Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge BAMF), which established a national counseling hotline on radicalization (‘Beratungsstelle Radikalisierung’). Taking calls from relatives and other concerned persons, the hotline provides a first line assessment to then redirect the calls to local, non-governmental partners like Hayat.

HAYAT is thereby responsible for Berlin and East Germany as well as for the international, highly security relevant cases. HAYAT can also be contacted directly via Email or telephone. During the first contact, HAYAT experts will conduct an analysis and risk assessment of the respective situation to determine the counseling demand and to answer the most important questions in the beginning: Is the relative in danger of becoming (violently) radicalized? Or is it a harmless case of conversion to Islam?

Once the counselor gained a clear picture of the concrete situation, an individual counseling process and step by step plan will be designed, including various measures to prevent further radicalization or to stop and reverse the process.

The counseling is conducted systemic, situational, problem- and solution-oriented. Our services are free, confidential and available in German, English and Arabic.


ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur gGmbH
(ZDK Society Democratic Culture)

Ebertystr. 46 | 10249 Berlin

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Bernd Wagner
Project Director: Claudia Dantschke

Phone: (+49) 15771359963
Fax & Voice : 0049 03212-1745890



Hayat is financed by the Federal Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs.