Dear friends and colleagues,



It’s 3 years ago that we met in Oslo, and finally we can meet face to face again in real life and socialise with each other during this congress and the social events. It is a great opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with your colleagues, and to benefit from discussions in an open and interactive setting and from in-depth presentations on relevant topics.


I look forward to meeting you all in Rotterdam.



Nico Oud “Oud Consultancy”


  • Prof. José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, NOVA Medical School, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCM/UNL)
  • Prof. Joy Duxbury, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Sidsel H. Jakobsen former patient (diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia); now well functional life, speaks openly about her former experiences from a user perspective, and working as a health tech engineer consultant
  • Owen Price, mental health nurse at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Prof. Paula Reavey, the Research and Education director of the Design in Mental Health Network, UK
  • Prof. Dirk Richter, Bern University of Applied Sciences

On behalf of the scientific committee we invite psychiatrists, practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurses, psychologists, health scientists, educators, trainers, researchers, managers, and policymakers engaged in the prevention, management, research into violence and aggression in mental health and intellectual disability settings to attend the 12th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry to be held in Rottterdam, the Netherlands, 6 – 8 October 2022.

The 12th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry

ECVCP 2022 is co-organized 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 will focus 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.



ECVCP 2022 is organised as an in-person conference. We sincerely hope that we can meet in Rotterdam in October!

We will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will take all necessary precautions based on Dutch Government regulations in place at the time. In the unlikely event that it will not be possible to meet in person, the congress will take place online.


Please pay close attention to the cancellation conditions with your travel arrangements and the reservation for your hotel. We recommend booking your hotel through our official housing agent. They offer hotel reservations that allow you to cancel free of charge from two to seven days prior to check-in. Click here to see the cancellation conditions of each recommended hotel.

The multi- and interdisciplinary scope

of the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry is expressed in the various subthemes that will be 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

We cordially welcome you to Rotterdam – the Netherlands in October 2022

Rotterdam is a port city in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. With almost 600.000 inhabitants it is the second largest city in the Netherlands in terms of population, after Amsterdam.  Rotterdam owes its name to a dam in the river Rotte. The city is located on the Nieuwe Maas, one of the rivers in the delta formed by the Rhine and the Meuse. The port of Rotterdam was for a long time the largest in the world and is still the largest and most important in Europe. The port area extends over a length of 40 kilometers and is an important logistics and economic center. Partly because of the port industry, Rotterdam has the image of a working-class city and the city has a very diverse population. After the historic city center was largely destroyed by a German war bombing in 1940, Rotterdam has become a cradle for innovative architecture, including the Erasmus Bridge, the Cube Houses and a large number of skyscrapers. The city is also known for the Erasmus University, the art collections of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal and football clubs Sparta, Excelsior and Feyenoord.