What a long wait we had, but finally we could meet again face-to-face in Rotterdam on 6 – 8 October 2022 at the 12th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry. The days flew by and were well filled with inspiring keynote speakers and almost 100 substantive sessions and posters.


I would like to thank everyone for their contribution and pleasant attendance. We truly enjoyed your presence. Also a big thank you to the organising committee: Roger Almvik, Patrick Callaghan, Frans Fluttert, Sabine Hahn, Trond Hatling, Kevin McKenna and Nico Oud. It was a great joy working with you and we are looking forward to successfully organising the next congress in 2024 with you again.


Soon we will start with the first brainstorm for the congress in 2024. When the date and location have been determined, we will announce it on this website and via the newsletter.


Looking forward seeing you all again in 2024!


Marit Wormgoor

Congress Organiser

The 12th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry

ECVCP 2022 was co-organised by the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG) and the European Network for Training in the Management of Aggression (ENTMA08). The 12th European Congress on Violence focused strongly on clinically relevant and practically useful interdisciplinary scientific and practical knowledge with regard to interventions aimed at treating and reducing violence and aggression.

The overall congress theme: Co-creating research, education and practice responses within contemporary mental health” reflects our commitment to partnership working between clinicians, researchers, educators, service users and carers.

The multi- and interdisciplinary scope

of the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry was expressed in the various subthemes that were addressed in 2022:

  1. Epidemiology and nature of violence against staff in mental health
  2. Epidemiology and nature of violence against patients / victimisation
  3. Violence prevention, care and treatment
  4. Trauma informed practice
  5. Assessment of risk, prevention and protective factors
  6. Humane safe and caring approaches to coercive practices
  7. Neurobiological and pharmacological interventions
  8. Psychosocial interventions
  9. Service users and family perspectives
  10. Intersectional perspectives (gender, race, culture and ethnicity)
  11. Ethical, human rights and legal perspectives
  12. Sexual offending violence
  13. Specific populations: forensics
  14. Specific populations: intellectually disabled / learning disabilities
  15. Specific populations: children and adolescents
  16. Specific populations: older persons and those living with dementia
  17. Specific populations: community and outreach care
  18. Specific populations: displaced people
  19. Specific populations: psychiatric patients in emergency services
  20. Staff training and education
  21. Application of new technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality)
  22. Arts and humanities approaches
  23. Architecture, design and aesthetics
  24. Covid-19 pandemic and violence (lockdown, confined environments, domestic violence, coercion, deprivation of treatment, suicide and self-harm)
  25. Other related themes