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 research report: Private Internet use and experience with computer-related crime. Results of the dark field studies of the State Criminal Police Office Schleswig-Holstein 2015 and 2017
On 16 March, the KFN published another report on the project Data Analysis and Documentation of the Dark Field Survey in Schleswig-Holstein. This contains in particular the results of the focus module of the dark field survey of the State Office of Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein in 2015. The focus is… Read more →
On 07th March KFN published a new research report about the project Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein. In cooperation with the State Office of Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein, the crime rate was determined depending on the country of origin, residence status, professional qualification and retention perspective. In… Read more →
On February 13, the KFN published the final report on the project Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Download KFN Forschungsbericht Nr.136 (PDF) Further information can be found on the project page.
In the spring of 2017, the State Office for Criminal Investigation Schleswig-Holstein conducted a representative survey of the population in the field of security and crime in Schleswig-Holstein for the second time, in which 11,614 people participated. In addition to experiences with crime in 2016, the reporting behavior, the fear… Read more →
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), Prof. Dr. Christian Pfeiffer, Director a.D. of the KFN, and Sören Kliem, Head of the Department of Darkfield Research at the KFN, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Dirk Baier, Head of the Institute for Delinquency… Read more →
As of 01.12.2017, the research project Cyberattacks against companies has started at KFN. On the basis of an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the fields of computer science, criminology, sociology and economics, the project of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) and the research center L3S of the… Read more →
Since the new version of the PolG NRW the police in North Rhine -Westphalia can for crime prevention, by means of image transmission and recordings in public places where repeated offenses were committed in accordance with certain save prerequisites and deletion periods. KFN examines since November 1, 2017 as part of a process… Read more →
Since November 1, 2017 KFN examines in cooperation with DHPol cooperation between security authorities and civil society with regard to the prevention of prejudice-related crimes. These include criminally relevant acts that are wholly or partially motivated by prejudice against certain characteristics of the victim (such as race, ancestry, nationality, religion,… Read more →
On September 1st KFN started the research project Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein. Pupils of the seventh and ninth grade at general schools are questioned about right-wing extremism. The aim of the survey is an expanded replication of the studies on right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein (Maresch et al.,… Read more →
On 13th September 2017 KFN published a report the results of the project Homicide of children aged 6-13. The study – a follow-on project to the KFN research project on homicides of children aged 0-5 in Germany– had several focuses of enquiry. Firstly, it aimed to generate reliable data on the… Read more →