Project CARA (Cautioning and Relationship Abuse)

Randomised Control Trial Status


Trial Hypothesis

Individuals assigned to workshops will be less likely to reoffend compared with those who receive the non-reoffend condition only.

Geographical area

Western Hampshire (Southampton & New Forest)

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Cambridge

In Collaboration With

Hampshire Constabulary

Project Start Date

July 2012

Participants - inclusion criteria

Male offender over 18; No previous convictions or cautions for violence in the previous two years; Spousal domestic abuse only;
Offences: common assault/battery, criminal damage, harassment, threatening behaviour, domestic theft
Admission and/or overwhelming evidence is present;
No violent offences within past 2 years (conviction/out of court disposal);
Not on court/police bail; Not subject to court order; DASH risk assessment low or medium;
Victim contacted and identifies no specific risk for the conditional caution to be issued;
Offender does not require an interpreter or an Appropriate Adult;

Target Sample Size

351 for effect size of 0.3

Study Design

​1:1 randomised design assigning to either control (non-reoffend) group or treatment (non-reoffend and workshop group)



Summary of Findings

Date last updated

Monday 25 June 2018
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