The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) is an independent, interdisciplinary research institute established in 1979 by the then Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Schwind. Its mandate is to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research as an independent research establishment. The institute works closely with the University of Göttingen on the basis of a cooperation agreement.

KFN is supported by a non-profit association. KFN is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture under the Ministry’s institutional funding programme.



New publication on behalf of cyberbullying published

An the basis of a representative survey in 2013 the article informs about cyberbullying. Baier, D., Krenz, M., & Bergmann, M. C. (2016). Verbreitung und Einflussfaktoren des Cyberbullyings: Ergebnisse einer Repräsentativbefragung in Niedersachsen. Prevalence and influencing factors of cyberbullying. Findings from a representative survey in Lower Saxony. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der… Read more →


New publication about burglary released

New book contribution published. The conference proceedings on the conference of the Kriminologische Gesellschaft is published. The conference took place on 24. – 26. September 2015 in Cologne. The conference proceedings include a contribution about burglary from Gina Rosa Wollinger, Arne Dreißigacker and Dirk Baier. Wollinger, G. R., Dreißigacker, A.,… Read more →


New publication about Cybergrooming released

The scientific journal “Rechtspsychologie” published an articel about cybergrooming. The article is based on the data of the school survey from 2014 in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The authors are Marie Christine Bergmann und Dirk Baier. Bergmann, M. C., & Baier, D. (2016). Erfahrungen von Jugendlichen mit Cybergrooming: Schülerbefragung – Jugenddelinquenz. Rechtspsychologie, 2(2),… Read more →


Participation on a decision about youth media protection

Dr. Florian Rehbein participated on a decision about youth media protection. The judgement is about the age requirements of the game “LaserTag”. The trial took place at the Verwaltungsgericht Würzburg. The judgement is a central decision about youth media protection. The judges agreed on the expertise of the psychologist Dr…. Read more →