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 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

22 September 2020

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UP-TO-DATE RESEARCH – Individual characteristics, severity of psychiatric symptoms, sleep quality, and violent behaviors

Situation to date: Violent behaviors of people suffering from schizophrenia include physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger, and hostility, which correlate with physiological changes in the brain. As a whole, physiological changes and unsatisfactory sleep quality in people suffering from schizophrenia can influence their emotional adjustment. Sleep disorders may reduce emotional control, thereby increasing the likelihood of […]... Read more

20 July 2020

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UP-TO-DATE RESEARCH – Violent behavior and early onset of cannabis use in psychosis

Situation to date: The relation between substance abuse and violence in patients with mental disorders has been a topic of great interest, especially considering early phases of psychosis. Several studies have highlighted the risk of violent behavior in young people with psychosis, with substance use as a major risk factor for violence. Nonetheless, research exploring […]... 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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