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‘Empathy machine’ or false hope? How virtual reality is being used to try to stop domestic violence

The French government has just announced a trial using virtual reality to try to prevent domestic violence

There has been considerable excitement about this, with claims the virtual reality experience is an “empathy machine” that enhances the perpetrator’s ability to empathise with a victim’s fear.

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As Australia grapples with its own domestic violence crisis, overseas companies are making noises about using the technology here.

In our new book Virtual Realities, we explain the need to be sceptical of claims about what virtual reality can do for social and psychological problems, including domestic violence…

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