The Chair of the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum, Karen Evans, has returned from a work trip to North Africa on behalf of the College of Policing.
Mrs Evans spent two weeks in Algeria, training and sharing examples of UK best practice on responses to domestic abuse with the Algerian Police and Gendarmerie colleagues.
Mrs Evans, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2015 for services to protecting victims of domestic abuse, said: “Working alongside the Algerian police and Gendarmerie was a wonderful experience. It provided a great opportunity to learn more about the shared understanding we have about domestic abuse, and the way in which our different countries respond to these issues.”
The project was the first that has taken place involving collaboration between the UK and the Algerian police. The British Ambassador for Algeria, Andrew Noble, affirmed the importance of the relationship through his attendance at the course closing ceremony.
Funding for the training was secured through the Magna Carta Fund, which seeks to improve global human rights.
Mrs Evans has been part of the Aldershot-based Forum for the last 14 years. The forum was founded in the mid 1990’s and is made up of representatives from local agencies that work with the victims of domestic violence and abuse in Rushmoor and Hart. It aims to share good practice between organisations, increase awareness of domestic violence and identify gaps in services for the benefits of victims.