Virtual reality may cut domestic violence

The Murray Valley Standard

You’re trapped in a room with your abuser whose eyes track your every move.

He’s berating you, but each time you begin to respond he tells you to shut up. When you divert your gaze, he demands you look at him.

He comes closer and closer, and you’re sure he’ll hit you.

Seconds later, it’s all over.

The scene isn’t real, but the emotions evoked by it are.

It’s this type of profound virtual reality experience experts think can be used to reduce reoffending by domestic violence perpetrators.

Barcelona-based company Virtual Bodyworks did a trial over four years with 200 perpetrators of domestic abuse on suspended sentences.

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.