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PCC to screen powerful domestic abuse play

Eilidh Talman and Christina Berriman Dawson in Rattle Snake credit Keith Pattison

Eilidh Talman and Christina Berriman Dawson in Rattle Snake. Photo by Keith Pattison

The Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting members of the public to a special screening of a film depicting the harrowing reality of domestic abuse, as part of a national campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Rattle Snake is a thought-provoking theatre production aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse and in particular, the hidden impact of coercive controlling behaviour. Its producers, the Open Clasp Theatre Company, have made their show available for free during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence. It features real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive, controlling domestic abuse.

The film has been used in innovative new training for Cleveland Police’s officers and staff, as well as for professionals from partner agencies who work closely with victims of domestic abuse.

Now the public will have an opportunity to see the film for themselves, as the Police and Crime Commissioner opens the doors of the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington on December 10 at 4pm.

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “The 16 Days of Activism is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the terrible impact domestic abuse can have on women and girls. Rattle Snake will give us all the chance to see a pioneering piece of theatre which is being used to train frontline police officers responding to sexual and domestic violence.

“Open Clasp is an award-winning theatre company based in the North of England. I have worked with them previously as part of our whole systems strategy for tackling abuse and it is an honour to be able to open our doors and share their production of this powerful play to residents in Cleveland.

“If seeing the play helps just one person to spot the signs of domestic abuse or coercive controlling behaviour, we stand a good chance of releasing more people from the grip of abuse and bringing more perpetrators to justice.”

The 16 Days of Activism is an annual international campaign which runs from November 25 to December 10 with the aim of raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence against women and girls.

The screening will take place at 4pm on December 10 at Community Safety Hub, Cliffland Drive, Hemlington, TS8 9GL. Please email pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk to book a place. 

If you can’t make the public screening, Rattle Snake is available to view, for free, online at https://www.openclasp.org.uk/



Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2019
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