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 December 10 to raise awareness and help save lives.

A week ago, 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.