The EUropean Study on VIOlence Risk and MEntal Disorders (EU-VIORMED) is a new collaborative research project that aims to improve the quality of forensic psychiatric care in Europe.

Forensic psychiatry treats mentally disordered people who are a risk to the public. Here, the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders must accurately formulate and understand  the complicated relationship between mental disorders and the risk of violence to self and others, while avoiding being overly restrictive.

Forensic psychiatry spans a challenging physical and ethical space between the needs and rights of patients, the public and the criminal justice system, and between medical treatment and public protection.
Forensic psychiatric services of one form or another exist in every EU state, but their design, operational models, clinical resources and guiding principles differ markedly. Today they are expanding in some member states, while contracting in others.

EU-VIORMED aims to:


Describe forensic psychiatry services as they exist today in 2018 across the European Union.


Identifying risk factors for violence in a unique international forensic sample and


Testing for the very first time in a related EU sample two contrasting methods of violence risk assessment.


Exploring what works for these often marginalized patients, their families and their carers, at an operational, clinical and ethical level.
6 June 2019

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Have characteristics of forensic patients changed over time? Opportunity for best-practice models. An important study that was recently published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (impact factor 2.918) investigates, from a Canadian perspective, the demand for forensic psychiatric services and changes in sociodemographic, clinical and offense-based characteristics of forensic patients over a 25-year period.... Read more

19 May 2019

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Forensic Psychiatry Research Society meeting (Oxford) May 21st

The EU-VIORMED project preliminary data will be shown during the Forensic Psychiatry Research Society (FPRS) meeting in Oxford.... Read more

9 May 2019

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EU-VIORMED: Supporting the harmonization of forensic psychiatric care

SAVE THE DATE! Copenhagen, 7th – 10th September 2019. Helsinki, 19th – 20th September 2019. *LOOK FOR EU-VIORMED information at EUFAMI booth*... Read more

This website is part of the project "European Study on Risk Factors for Violence in Mental Disorder and Forensic Care: a multicentre project - EU-VIORMED (PP-2-3-2016) which has received funding from the European Union.
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