White Ribbon Day & 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Monday 25th November marked White Ribbon Day – an annual call to end male violence against women. White Ribbon Day also marked the first day of ‘Orange the World,’ an annual international day initiated by United Nations, creating activism and awareness against gender-based violence, across the world. 

Safe in Tees Valley supported White Ribbon Day by having staff sign the Promise – “to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.” This was available to sign on the day.   

Safe in Tees Valley and it’s support service, SARC Teesside joined a live streaming event of Open Clasp theatre’s production – ‘Rattlesnake’ at Bar Zero in Middlesbrough. The production is a real life story of women who have faced and survived coercive control and domestic abuse. The film was only available for the duration of the 16 days of activism, and screenings took place in Redcar also. SARC Teesside was one of the many organisations at the screening event, offering support to any members of the public who wish to seek support facing sexual violence and coercive control. 

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse can take many forms and be perpetrated by people of any gender and sexuality. 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.

Safe in Tees Valley’s SARC support service is part of North East SARC and is available 24hrs, every day to support anyone who needs help and support.


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