Virtual reality is used to treat domestic violence offenders by placing them in their victim’s shoes

Mirror Online

From gaming to surgical training, virtual reality has a wide range of uses.

Now, researchers have developed a virtual reality system to treat men who have committed a domestic violence crime, by placing them in their victim’s shoes.

In the study, researchers from the University of Barcelona showed that violent people have a lack of emotional recognition, but that a virtual experience improves their empathy.

Mavi Sanchez Vives, who coordinated the study, said: “Virtual bodies can be drastically different from the participant’s, but even so, the individual goes under a strong subjective illusion of owning the virtual body.

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.