Systemic Review of Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Mental Disorders Associated with Gender-Based Violence
Event Type
Doctoral Consortium
TimeTuesday, September 1411:45am - 12:30pm CDT
DescriptionVirtual Reality (VR) has made an incredible impact in the healthcare industry supporting clients with mental and psychological illnesses such as addiction, phobias, and obsession with the help of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy (ET). Recent studies confirm VR as a certified tool in generating rapid and lasting improvements to mental health patients, it has now shifted gears in creating a more inclusive environment for violent offenders to empathize with abuse and trauma victims. But such studies have been limited to reducing the levels of aggression and improvement in empathy from the perspective of the abuser. Despite the encouraging success of VR applications for the treatment of varied mental disorders, no study, of which the author is aware, has explored the usability of VR specifically for treating the conditions associated with Gender-Based Violence (GBV) victims. There is a striking distinction between tackling GBV and treatment of conditions as consequences of the horrifying traumatic experiences of the victims, including, physical, reproductive, social, economic, emotional, and psychological. The scope of this paper centers around the emotional and psychological effects of GBV on the victims. Therefore, the aim is to review the current successes of VR applications in the psychological research space and to purpose a therapeutic framework for a VR model exclusively designed for the victims of GBV.