Virtual reality may cut domestic violence
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.