Can you ever change a violent psychopath’s mind?


The University of Barcelona’s Mel Slater and Mavi Sánchez-Vives have been working with perpetrators of domestic violence who have taken up the offer of a community rehabilitation programme rather than a prison stay (a more lenient sentence is possible because it is their first offense). As part of this, the men undergo a virtual reality session in which they must embody a female avatar and encounter an aggressive male.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 836707