The Conference “Forensic Psychiatry, Forensic Psychology 2020: Aspects of Violence and Victimology”2020 09 17
Lithuanian National Forensic Psychiatry Service since 2014 annually organizes international scientific-practical Conferences on forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. This year, COVID-19 did not stop the 7th Conference on forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology. Thanks to the event organizers “Eventas”, in the context of the COVID-19 virus, Conference guests from foreign countries also had the opportunity to read the presentations online remotely.
At the Conference were presented 18 presentations aimed to discuss issues relevant to violence and psychiatry assessment of victim’s health disorders.
Presentations were given by Conference guests from foreign countries: Dr. Birgit Völlm – director of Rostock Clinic and polyclinic of forensic psychiatry Medical Centre, professor of Rostock University; Dr. Seena Fazel – member of Forensic Psychiatry Section of World Psychiatric Association, professor of Oxford University; Dr. Sergey Igumnov - professor of Belarusian State University; Raitis Eglītis – psychologist expert of Riga Psychiatry and Addiction Center; Marina Cojocaru - forensic psychiatrist of Viljandi Hospital; Liudmila Mun – forensic psychologist of Forensic Psychiatry Department of the State Forensics Committee of the Republic of Belarus.
The presentations were also made by Nicoleta Lucia Tataru – president of Forensic Psychiatry Section of World Psychiatric Association and by Dr. Ingrida Cera and Dr. Alexandra Konevnina – experts from Riga’s Psychiatry and Addiction Center.
The presentations were also read by the guests from Lithuania: professor Dr. Arūnas Germanavičius – director of National Vilnius Psychiatry Hospital; Vilius Butrimas – psychiatrist; Ieva Daniūnaitė – psychologist of the Child Support Center and experts of the Lithuanian National Forensic Psychiatry Service under the Ministry of Health.
During the Conference the issues of the prevalence of violence, the large number of violent crimes committed in the closed environment and the consequences of the damage to the health of victims of violence, both adults and minors were discussed. Discussing the problems of violence and its consequences the relevance of violence prevention inevitably became clear.
In conclusion we need to state that the mental health professionals and society as a whole should be open to accepting the challenges of violence prevention and should do so in the light of existing mental and public health values, practices and available scientific evidence.