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Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention

Our focus

Why do people commit crimes? How do society and the state react to crime? How can deviant behaviour be prevented? These are the sorts of questions addressed by the Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention.

This multifaceted and interdisciplinary field of work is at the interface between psychology, sociology, psychiatry, law and criminology. Both perpetrators and victims are the focus of everyday professional life.

In the context of crime prevention, social workers intervene within families, in schools and in public social spaces. They are also involved in reintegration. The associated fields of work range from judicial authorities and detention homes to the penal system and probation service.

The Institute focuses on three topics:

Porträt von Dirk Baier

“Violence and criminality are part of every society. We study current manifestations of delinquency and strengthen the skills of those who are professionally involved in the fields of prevention and intervention.”

Prof. Dr. Dirk Baier
Head of the Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention


The institute’s staff are qualified experts in the domain of delinquency and crime prevention. Together, they cover the fields of teaching, continuing education, services and consulting, as well as research and development.


The publications released in the context of the individual staff members’ scientific work provide an in-depth insight into the topics that they address.