VR4REACT – Reducing Reactive Aggression through Virtual Reality
VR4React will train prison educators and psychologists to use VR psychoeducation to reduce reactive aggression in inmates with a history of aggression.
Project Number: 2022-1-ES01-KA220-ADU-000089886
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/01/2023 – 31/08/2025
Reactive aggression is when people act aggressively because they feel threatened, provoked, frustrated or angry. The World Health Organization is particularly concerned about aggression in prisons because it is a problem that affects a small group of people who suffer a lot due to high levels of violence and victimisation. Aggression in prisons is often not reported because it is hidden, ignored or underestimated.
However, research shows that certain factors within the prison system, such as overcrowding, understaffing, lack of psychological support and counseling are linked to higher rates of misconduct, aggression, and violence. Prison staff and inmates in these environments are in need of interventions to address their cognitive, emotional and psychological problems that can lead to a range of associated issues, such as staff burnout, poor relationships between staff and inmates, or increased grievances leading to more aggressive behavior.
VR4React aims to contribute to reducing reactive aggression in prison by training prison educators and psychologists to deliver the VR psychoeducational intervention to reduce aggressive behaviours of inmates with a history of reactive aggression.