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 April 2021

Category: News

Antipsychotic medications and convictions for violent crimes

One of the aims of the EU-VIORMED project is to assess effective treatments for people suffering from mental disorders who are at risk of violence and crime. Clarifying the gradient of effectiveness for medications is important to inform clinical decision-making thereby improving the quality of forensic psychiatric care for patients across Europe. A recent observational […]... Read more

8 February 2021

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NEW! Publication on Pharmacological interventions to reduce violence in people with Schizophrenia

We are pleased to announce that an article by the EU-VIORMED group has been published in CNS Spectrums (2019 Impact Factor: 3.356) on February 5, 2021. This study systematically investigated the available evidence about pharmacological interventions aimed at reducing violence perpetrated by subjects with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (SSDs) in forensic psychiatry.... Read more

1 December 2020

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UP-TO-DATE RESEARCH – A comprehensive review of the association between different mental disorders and violence

A better understanding of forensic psychiatry care pathways and treatment patterns has been hampered by several matters.... Read more

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