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Project CARA

 
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If you have been issued a conditional caution to complete Project CARA in Hampshire, our team will be in touch shortly. Alternatively, if you wish to contact us please contact Katy on 02380 001061 or email info@hamptontrust.org.uk

 


 

And the award for 'Innovation in Perpetrator Intervention' goes to...

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We're proud to announce that we've been recognised nationally for our work with Hampshire Constabulary and the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner on Project CARA. 

Chief Supt Scott Chilton, Deputy PCC Rob Jarman and our CEO Chantal Hughes accepted the award for Innovation in Perpetrator Intervention at College of Policing Domestic Abuse Champions Awards conference on Friday 16th October. 

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For further information on Project CARA please contact us.

 

July 2015: CARA wins a national award

15-HL-CommunityAwards-0669a.jpgCARA has won the Policing and Adults category at the 2015 Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards, in London on July 21. The Community Awards recognise projects which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions which will reduce the risk of re-offending.

Hampshire Constabulary Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton said: “It is widely recognised that the way that police and other agencies deal with domestic abuse doesn't always put victims first. This initiative is aimed at providing a supportive approach with an emphasis on stopping men re-offending."

 

About CARA

CARA offers nominated individuals the opportunity to have an insight into the impact of domestic abuse and to identify their own needs for the future.

The use of conditional cautions for domestic abuse offences is the first of its type in the country. Project CARA is an exemplary model of statutory and third sector agencies bringing their expertise together with a willingness to trial new approaches. Hampshire Constabulary has put their trust in The Hampton Trust to write and deliver the workshops whilst Cambridge University have deemed it worthy of a randomised controlled trial. This is the gold standard in terms of research and is the first of its type both nationally and internationally for testing this approach.

The workshop delivered in the CARA experiment aims to improve the safety of individuals in households where a low severity domestic abuse offence has been identified by the police. Individuals are directed to the unique workshops designed and delivered by The Hampton Trust.

Focused on increasing awareness of domestic abuse and potential impact on themselves, partners and children CARA offers participants an opportunity to take action and seek further support appropriate to their personal circumstances.

Results from the experiment so far show both positive feedback from participants and a statistically significant impact on offending. Reoffending can be measured in a variety of different ways, taking into account both prevalence (the number of individuals committing further offences, regardless of the number of further offences committed) and frequency (the number of further offences committed). At twelve month post caution CARA is demonstrating a 64.6% lower prevalence of re-arrest and a 49.43% lower rate of re-arrest. For domestic offences that have resulted in charge, the trend is similar, with a 60% reduction being noted in the treatment group when compared to the control group. 94% of those attending the workshop report a change in attitude towards their partner and 91% report it has assisted with issues in their relationship.

Feedback is overwhelmingly positive in terms of the anticipated change in behaviour from the perspective of the offender. Participants are clearly becoming more aware of domestic abuse triggers, and are confident that strategies provided in the workshops can assist with modifying their behaviour and therefore assisting them when faced with similar situations in future.

Click here to view our short discussion paper.

If you are interested in hearing more about Project CARA please contact:

chantal.hughes@hamptontrust.org.uk or tracy.rutherford@hamptontrust.org.uk