New Project CARA website launched
Domestic Abuse charity Hampton Trust have launched a new website dedicated to the perpetrator intervention Project CARA to facilitate interest by police forces across the country.
With the launch of the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund by the Home Office earlier this year, Police and Crime Commissioners can bid for additional funding to increase the availability of domestic abuse perpetrator intervention schemes in their area. Under the new two-tier policing framework coming into effect in April this year, CARA can be used as an early intervention for domestic abuse offenders receiving a Diversionary Caution.
More information on the Home Office Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund can be found: Domestice Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund 2023 – 2025 – GOV-UK Find a grant (find-government-grants.service.gov.uk)
Chantal Hughes, CEO of the Hampton Trust, said: “With the new framework coming into effect soon, we have seen increased interest from police forces in CARA. Our dedicated website now provides all the information in one place – what it is, how it works, and how it can be delivered using our new CARA replication model. The team are ready to support police forces and PCCs in drafting funding proposals using our experience and expertise, and deliver this intervention in their area.”
Hampton Trust currently deliver CARA in eight police regions, and have also partnered with Restorative Solutions to deliver the intervention in North Yorkshire using the CARA replication model.
An Impact Evaluation and Economic Benefits study undertaken by the University of Birmingham in 2021 found that reoffending was reduced by 81% within the first six months and by 56% within the first twelve months after participating in the programme. For every £1 invested in CARA, police forces saved £2.75. Evidence from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary in 2021 showed a 76% reduction of future offending in general and an 81% reduction of future domestic abuse offending.
The award-winning evidence-based intervention is delivered in close partnership with the police through workshops for domestic abuse perpetrators having received a conditional caution. The aim of the workshops is to increase self-awareness and the motivation to address behaviours and make changes. It supports offenders in understanding what domestic abuse is, the harm their actions have caused, the impact this has had on their partners, children and relationships, and how to make different choices going forward and prevent these harmful behaviours from becoming more entrenched. The workshops offer support relevant to the needs of the participants and signpost to further specialist help.
As an improved criminal justice response for victims, CARA ensures the perpetrator intervention is safe for the victim by providing contact and clear guidance.
The website can be accessed at www.projectcara.org.uk.