Study on the extent of violence against public service employees and possible courses of action

The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community has commissioned the German Research Institute for Public Administration to conduct a study on the extent of violence against public service employees and on possible countermeasures. The aim of the project was to create a factual basis for the development of sustainable and differentiated strategies for dealing with violence against public service employees.

First, the project team conducted a literature review on the phenomenon of violence against public service employees in Germany as well as on preventive strategies, measures and initiatives. Second, they conducted two surveys, one targeting representatives of public authorities, the other targeting individual employees. In order to obtain a comprehensive picture, the surveys targeted different administrative areas (e.g. fire brigade/rescue services, social/labour administration) and administrative levels (federal, state, local). Overall, about 1,600 organizations and more than 10,000 employees took part in the surveys. The results have been published in a report. Additionally, a third paper gives a concise overview about different approaches and measures to prevent violence.

The study’s results were presented to a broad expert audience at a conference in summer 2022. An executive summary of the project’s results can be found here.

Duration

01.11.2020 - 30.09.2022