In recent years, the number of VERA-2R trained professionals in Europe has increased and the number of purposes for which the VERA-2R is applied has expanded. Previous EU funding enabled the development of the European Database of convicted Terrorists (EDT) with research on terrorist risk profiles, which showed professional differences in the VERA-2R’s use and risk reporting in and between judicial contexts.
This gave reason for the Netherlands Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP), in collaboration with the European partners, to conduct research on the validity of the VERA-2R and on how the VERA-2R is applied in practice. Also, the EDT database will be expanded. This project, called VERA-PRO2EU, will be conducted between 2020 and 2022 by the NIFP in the context of a European project, in collaboration with the Dutch Probation Service, the Swedish Prison and Probation Board, the Belgian Justitiehuizen and the Belgian FOD and OCAD.
As such, the VERA-PRO2EU project aims to improve risk management and risk communication for terrorist offenders during, and after, their detention. This allows for more effective communication between European Member States regarding violent extremist risk management.