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.
1 April 2019

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EFFICIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMMES AND INTERMEDIARY TREATMENT TARGETS IN FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS. Aggression and violence have significant adverse health, social and economic impacts. Current situation and Needs: Absence of definitive high quality studies exploring violent offender treatment effectiveness; Lack of knowledge on impact of intensive multi-module violence offender treatments in a forensic mental health setting.... Read more

4 March 2019

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – A cross-national dialogue: PRATO 2019

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology & Forensicare invites you to submit abstracts for the upcoming conference – Prato 2019:   “WORKING WITH VIOLENCE IN ADULTS AND YOUTH 2019.  Effective clinical, welfare and legal strategies”... Read more

20 February 2019

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A cross-national dialogue: PRATO 2019

“WORKING WITH VIOLENCE IN ADULTS AND YOUTH 2019. Effective clinical, welfare and legal strategies” is an international conference that brings together policy contributors, lawyers, clinicians, legal decision makers, advocates, and researchers to explore the phenomenon of violence from a cross-disciplinary perspective.... Read more

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