Training Durham police in coercive control
There is about to be a change in UK law which will make coercive control in relationships a crime.
Rattle Snake is part of a project with Durham University and Durham Constabulary funded by Durham Police & Crime Commissioner to train all front-line officers in Durham in coercive controlling behaviour - this has been a unique project to be involved in and the feedback has been brilliant:
"What you did by turning my experience into theatre and encompassing it all so beautifully is a gift... Thank you, and carry on doing what you are doing. The hard core subjects and your scripts are hard hitting, educational but most of all you keep it real" Women who inspired Rattle Snake
"I attended your play yesterday and it blew my socks off! Very emotive topic and excellently portrayed by the two tremendously talented actors. This was, by a country mile, the most engaging, impactive and thought provoking training session I have had in my fourteen year career in the police."PC. Tony Miley, Durham Constabulary
A 2014 report by Solace Women's Aid found that 95 out of 100 domestic abuse survivors experience coercive control. We want to raise funding to take Rattle Snake further in 2016 and continue to raise awareness of this extremely important issue.
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