KFN buildingThe 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 “Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation”

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.


New research report Data Analysis and Documentation of the Self-Report Survey in Schleswig-Holstein

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 the development of violence in Germany. Focus: young people and refugees

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 →


New research project on behalf of cybercrime

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 →


New project about police video surveillance in NRW

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 →


New project Prejudice-Related Crime

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 →


New project “Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein”

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 →


New research report “Homicide of children aged 6-13 in Germany”

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 →


New research project “Police-Issued Eviction Order”

On 1 September 2017 KFN has started researching the topic Police-Issued Eviction Order. In the course of the amendments made by the Act on the Protection against Violence in 2002, police regulations of the federal states were also adapted and instruments for temporary referral from the housing (so-called eviction order)… Read more →


Article about video game addiction published

Paula Bleckmann and Nadine Jukschat published an article Artikel Why gaming is good nonetheless – strategies of neutralization among video game addicts and researchers in the social sciences in the current issue of the journal MedienPädagogik No. 27. http://www.medienpaed.com/article/view/486/470 In a first step, different current approaches toward describing the phenomenon of… Read more →