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Published 25.03.24

Start of a dark field study on child protection

Yonca Ekinci, SDC

Scientists from the German Center for Mental Health, the Central Institute of Menatal Health, the Clinic for Children and Adolescents at the University Hospital in Ulm and the Institute of Criminology at Heidelberg University are jointly conducting a representative national dark field study. Their aim is to gain a better understanding of the dimensions of sexual violence against children and youths in Germany. To this end, they want to investigate the frequency, situational context and impact of sexual violence, as there has been little knowledge to date in these areas of child protection.

A random sample of 92 municipalities in Germany was selected for the survey. In each of these, 100 citizens between the ages of 18 and 59 will receive a questionnaire by post. The study participants can decide whether to complete the questionnaire online or on paper. The data will be evaluated anonymously.

The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Infratest dimap survey institute and is supported by the WEISSER RING Foundation, the Eckiger Tisch association and the German Child Protection Association.