Department for Democracy Promotion and Cross-Phenomenon Prevention of Extremism (DEXT)

The DEXT specialist office is a district-wide, central contact and advice center for matters relating to radicalization and the prevention of extremism.

Its aim is to network all those actors in the Wetterau district and to strengthen their commitment. In addition, confidential initial and referral advice is one of our main tasks. A third focus is the needs-based coordination of further training (also for employees in the authorities and the district administration). Your broad portfolio of services, which is continuously being developed and expanded, is therefore initially available to all interested people in the district.

What is meant by preventing extremism? / What is preventing extremism?

The term extremism comes from political science and generally describes political endeavors that question or attack the free democratic basic order (FDGO). The FDGO primarily refers to the principles of our democracy, which guarantee equal rights for all people and organize peaceful coexistence. Democratic and extremist attitudes are thus opposed to one another. Accordingly, misanthropic attitudes such as To decisively counteract racism, anti-Semitism, social Darwinism and sexism [...] in a democratic society. Prevention work is versatile and is aimed at all age groups: Prevention can start in early childhood education and ranges from human rights-based, general democracy promotion to intervention and exit support.

Our offer therefore includes:

  • Advice

How do I deal with someone around me who makes racist or anti-Semitic remarks? What can municipalities do when right-wing extremist stickers and graffiti suddenly appear in town? Who can I turn to if I am affected by hatred, agitation or hostility (e.g. anti-Semitic insults) or if I encounter them in my environment? We're here to help you find the answers that match your concerns. Contact us either by email or by phone. Together we will clarify which advisory service in Hessen is right for you. Thanks to our direct and friendly contact with the Hessen advisory network, we can support you in receiving free specialist advice in a timely manner.

Telephone consultation hours Mon 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Wed 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

or at DEXT-Fachstelle(at)wetteraukreis.de

  • Monitoring

In order to be able to do our work well and purposefully, a needs and social space analysis is essential. We are also dependent on your help and support: Who are extremist actors and groups in the Wetterau district? Which current developments does society have to react to? Which topics are discussed and publicized in the extremist scene? How and where do they spread their ideology? All of these are questions to which we in the DEXT department seek answers through regular monitoring. If you yourself observe extremist acts, posters, graffiti or anything else in your community, report the incident to us. Any information can help us to sharpen the monitoring for the entire district and to draw conclusions from it.

Just send an email to DEXT-Fachstelle(at)wetteraukreis.de

  • Networking and political committee work

We as experts and as representatives of interests sit in a wide variety of political committees and working groups. Upon invitation, we will also come to your community, club or school and introduce you to our work, the broad field of extremism prevention or the diverse prevention approaches. If you wish, we will work with you to develop ways of preventing extremism and promoting democracy in your club, school or community.

  • Coordination of further training offers

As a DEXT specialist department, we offer, among other things, low-threshold advice on various advanced and advanced training opportunities in the field of promoting democracy and preventing extremism. In addition to empowerment workshops for those affected, we can provide you with a broad portfolio of digital and analog seminars on the topics of anti-Semitism, racism, anti-Muslim racism, radicalization, conspiracy ideologies and much more. In addition, we design our own awareness workshops for authorities and administrative employees in cooperation with other DEXT offices.

Further information on the state program can be found at  www.hke.hessen.de