Can you ever change a violent psychopath’s mind?


The University of Barcelona’s Mel Slater and Mavi Sánchez-Vives have been working with perpetrators of domestic violence who have taken up the offer of a community rehabilitation programme rather than a prison stay (a more lenient sentence is possible because it is their first offense). As part of this, the men undergo a virtual reality session in which they must embody a female avatar and encounter an aggressive male.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 836707. EIT Health is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.