Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut
Niedersachsen e.V.

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teaserdummy Media Use and School Achievement
Aim of this interdisciplinary research project is to investigate the consequences of intensive and increasingly uncontrolled television, computer and video game use by children and adolescents.

Developmental Consequences of Incarceration
(Hanover Prison Study)

This subproject, which is a follow-up of the preceeding project "The Consequences of Incarceration", investigates the effects of juvenile imprisonment on individual and social development within the context of a longitudinal research design.

Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony


The KFN is an independent, interdisciplinary research institute located in Hanover (Germany).


The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen, KFN) was founded in 1979 by the then Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Schwind, as an independent, interdisciplinary research institute. The aim of the institute, as laid down in its charter, is "to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research as an independent research establishment".






Current projects

Advisory services specialized in supporting victims of domestic violence

In 19 administrative districts of Lower Saxony a new kind of counselling centres has been installed as an intervention pilot project. These advisory services are specialized in supporting victims of domestic violence after police interventions by an pro-active approach: Police officers pass telephone numbers of victims to counselling centers, then counsellors call victims and offer their help. They give emotional support, counsel victims on safety measures and inform them on the German civil law on violence against women.

Fear of Crime among Older Persons

The aim of this study are twofold. First, methods permitting the more accurate assessment of fear of crime are to be developed using several versions of assessment instruments from earlier studies. This should also help to clarify the theoretical conceptualization of fear of crime. Second, the results of earlier studies on fear of crime among older persons are to be validated and further differentiated.

Berliner Längsschnitt Medien - Berlin Longitudinal Study Media

A longitudinal study was designed to examine more closely how children and adolescents are affected by media use (especially TV and video game use) in their leisure time activities, their social behavior, their development of intelligence and their school performance. In this 'learning project' expedient ...

Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz

Das Projekt befasst sich mit der Untersuchung des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. Primäres Ziel ist die wissenschaftliche Erforschung der Hintergründe, Dynamiken und Folgen dieser ...