The German Victimization Survey - Cumulation 2012-2017

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Wiesbaden
Publication Date
  • infas, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Institutions
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
    • Society, Culture
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Crime
    • Legal systems
    • Law enforcement
    • Mass media
    • Domestic political issues
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Migration
  • Abstract

    The German Victimization Survey is a dark field survey conducted on behalf of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) with the aim of collecting comprehensive information on the topics of fear of crime, victim experiences and reporting behaviour in the Federal Republic of Germany. Other focal points of the survey were fraud offences with EC and credit cards or on the Internet as well as crime-related attitudes. The study, designed as a cross-sectional survey, was first conducted in 2012 and repeated in 2017 with a slightly modified survey instrument. A representative sample of the German population aged 16 and over was interviewed in computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI). In both surveys, the interviews were conducted in German, Turkish and Russian. The cumulative dataset presented here contains the complete data of both surveys and thus enables the measurement of changes between 2012 and 2017.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2012 / 2017
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking resident population aged 16 and over in private households as well as the resident population of the aforementioned age group who do not have sufficient knowledge of German, insofar as they can be interviewed in Turkish or Russian.
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Two sub-samples were used: a nationwide fixed network and mobile phone sample (basic sample) and an additional sample (onomastic sample) to increase the proportion of people with a Turkish migration background. Basic sample: - Combined fixed network and mobile phone sample (dual frame design) in the targeted ratio of 75% fixed network and 25% mobile phone. - The sampling frame for fixed network and mobile phone samples were provided by the ADM telephone sampling working group. Onomastic sample: - The onomastic sample was drawn by ´Dr. Andreas Humpert und Klaus Schneiderheinze GbR´. - List selection using onomastic procedures - The selection frame for the sampling was formed by persons who were most likely to have a Turkish migration background. - A regionally stratified random sample was drawn from this selection frame. The regional stratification by federal states was based on the distribution of persons with a Turkish migration background from the 2010 resp. 2015 microcensus. - Use of landline and mobile phone numbers
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Trend/Repeated cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 2018
financed by European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF), Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6853 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Schiel, Stefan; Knerr, Petra; Schumacher, Dennis: Methodenbericht : Deutscher Viktimisierungssurvey 2017 Bonn: infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft GmbH, 2018

Update Metadata: 2021-02-18 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2021-02-18