Crime Research

German Victimisation Survey 2017

Nationwide, people aged 16 or older were surveyed regarding the topic of safety. Dealing, among other things, with victim experiences (victimisation experiences), behaviour of pressing charges, need for punishment needs and fear of crime. The study thus contributes to dark field research. The survey data helps making differentiated statements on the brightfield-darkfield-relation as well as on crime-specific victim experiences.

In this study, the contents of a previous study from 2012 are largely replicated and expanded.

The research project is funded by the European Union as part of the government strategy “Living well in Germany”.


31,000 men and women in Germany aged 16 and older were  interviewed. The number of cases includes an additional sample for persons with Turkish migration background (sampling by means of an onomastic procedure), from which a further 1,000 interviews were carried out.

In addition to the basic questionnaire for all respondents, individual modules are provided to randomly selected subgroups only. Vignettes were used.

The questionnaire is used in 3 languages (German, Turkish, Russian).


Germany Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)

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