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Project CARA wins national award

A Hampshire Constabulary project delivered in partnership with The Hampton Trust and the Crown Prosecution Service to tackle domestic abuse has been recognised at the 2015 Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards.

Project CARA (Conditional Cautioning and Relationship Abuse), a supportive approach to tackling domestic abuse, won the Policing and Adults category at the ceremony in London on Tuesday, 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.

Project CARA works with men who have received a conditional caution for domestic abuse. They are invited to workshops delivered as part of the project which aim to improve the safety of individuals where a low severity domestic abuse offence has been identified. Issues behind the abuse such as alcohol and substance misuse and the abuser’s trigger points are explored.

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.

“The impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families is devastating and we are determined to do all we can to minimise the risk of physical and psychological harm.”

Chantal Hughes, CEO of the Hampton Trust said: “We are delighted that Project CARA has received the Howard League for Penal Reform award. Project CARA is an exemplary model of statutory and third sector agencies bringing their expertise together to trial new approaches, without which it would not have received the success it has.

“By providing opportunities to reflect on their behaviour participants are able to seek further support unique to their personal circumstances. Early results are extremely encouraging and collectively there is much that can be learned from project CARA on a national scale.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hampshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service for their continued commitment to Project CARA.”

Click here to see more details of the awards on the Howard League website.