Sixteen days of activism to end gender-based violence

Campaigners in Middlesbrough are joining colleagues around the globe as part of a drive to end domestic abuse and coercive control.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign runs until Tuesday, December 10, to raise awareness and help save lives.

This year’s campaign is under the theme Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape

Middlesbrough’s Bar Zero hosted a screening of Open Clasp’s acclaimed Rattle Snake film based on women’s real life stories and coinciding with the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

Local agencies taking part in the event included Cleveland Police, Harbour, My Sister’s Place, and housing providers Thirteen and North Star, who are all committed to tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence in Middlesbrough.

They were on hand to talk about the work they do to support victims, help perpetrators to change their behaviour and deliver therapeutic interventions and prevention programmes to children and young people.

The fountain in Centre Square will be coloured bright orange throughout the 16 Days of Activism

Claire Moore, Middlesbrough Council’s domestic abuse lead, said: “Domestic abuse can take many forms coercive and controlling behaviour is at the heart of domestic abuse.

“It is a deliberate and calculated pattern of behaviour and psychological abuse designed to isolate, manipulate and terrorise a victim into complete fearful obedience.

“I’d encourage as many people as possible to share and watch Rattle Snake online whilst it is available during the 16 days of activism.”

Middlesbrough council also supported to the cause with a Dress Down day on Friday (November 29), enabling Council employees to raise money for children affected by domestic abuse.

• To watch Rattle Snake online, visit www.openclasp.org.uk/productions/rattle-snake-online/

For more information on 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence visit www.16daysofaction.co.uk