16 Days of Action 2016


Archived content - This page has not been updated since 2016 and is for information only

What's on in 2016?

Reclaim the Night 2016

On the 25th November meet us at Brighton Station at 6pm, for a 6.30pm start, for a march through town to challenge Rape Culture and find a space to vent the inevitable overwhelming rage we are all feeling at the injustices we and our loved ones face on a daily basis. This will be a march followed by speeches at the Old Steine. Bring placards, bring megaphones, bring your righteous anger, bring your friends. All genders welcome. There will be a police presence to provide safe access to the roads (as this event is open to families), however they will be briefed not to speak with marchers and to communicate with stewards if necessary. If you would like to volunteer to steward on the night, contact the organisers at:reclaimthenightbtn@gmail.com

When: Friday 25th November 2016, 6pm

Where: Brighton Railway Station

Cost: Free

More information: click here  ​

RISE Living Library

Life doesn't always go according to plan and any one of us can find our lives affected by domestic abuse. Volunteer Living Books will make themselves available to be ‘borrowed’ by members of the public for open conversation about their lives and experiences.

What is the RISE Living Library?

The RISE Living Library started in 2010. Developed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudice and encourage understanding about domestic abuse the simple format creates an opportunity to speak to survivors and those who work to support people affected by domestic abuse.

Living Books include survivors, refuge workers, the police and others speaking one on one with interested members of the community. Each ‘reading’ lasts up to 15 minutes.

RISE Living Library has been described by readers as ‘beautiful, inspirational and moving’.

“I was just passing and didn't have the time to build up expectations. It didn't matter. It is so inspirational and beautiful. I feel grateful people wanted to share their experiences.”

“Great to really put the person into the story. I really loved it!”

When: Tuesday 29th November 2pm-5pm

Where: Sallis Benney Theatre Foyer Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton

Cost: Free

For more information click here

Survivors' Network Open Space Conversation

Join Survivors’ Network for an "open-space conversation",where everyone can come together as a community to think about how we can address sexual violence and support survivors in the future. This is a forum for survivors, health professionals, teachers, journalists, police, supporters and anyone with a passion to be part of this change – to come together and help us address the issue. The Open Space format will put participants in the driving seat, letting them take control, collaborate and contemplate how we combat sexual violence and the silent repercussions of such violence in our own community.

When: Wednesday November 30th 10:30am- 4:30pm

Where: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton

Cost: Free (booking essential)

More information: click here 


Open to all (Under 18s welcome until 8pm)

Join RISE to celebrate 16 days of activism with RISEFest, a collection of performers & speakers lending their voices to deliver the message that Domestic Abuse & Violence will not be tolerated.

This all day event plays host to a range of local artists who have all donated their time to RISE. We will be joined by a variety of speakers including Caroline Lucas MP and raising money to support those affected by Domestic Abuse in Brighton & Hove.

When: Saturday 3rd December 2pm-10pm

Where: Patterns, Marine Parade, Brighton

Cost: Suggested donations £5

For more information click here

Learning Together to Safeguard the City- Learning together to safeguard victims of sexual violence and rape

This workshop will build an overview of how to initially identify sexual violence and abuse, explore the additional risks and highlight local support. The session will include responding to disclosure, risk assessment if abuse is current and roles of local services such as the Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) as well as the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

When: Monday 5th December 10am-12noon

Where: Brighton Town Hall

Cost: Free (Booking essential)

For more information click here

Charity Chuckle- Stand Up to End Violence Against Women

Charity Chuckle returns for its sixth #16days event with a stellar line up of some of the UK’s finest comics, including 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Bridget Christie, Julie Jepson, Jo Neary, Sajeela Kershi, Athena Kugblenu, Laura Lexx, Harriet Braine (2016 Funny Women winner) and MC Jen Brister.

Bridget Christie will be headlining a host of fantastic female comedians to raise money and awareness for two Sussex women’s charities as part of a global 16 Days campaign to end violence against women.

Bridget Christie is one of the UK’s top live stand-up comedians. Her Edinburgh show in August this year was to be called 'Mortal', but following 23rd June's EU referendum she quickly wrote a new hour on the theme of Brexit. 'Because You Demanded It!' was described by The Guardian as a "hilarious, bumbling, impotent, furious tirade against what Britain is becoming, and by some distance the most electrifying comedy I’ve yet seen on the fringe", and once again Bridget took her place as the UK's queen of satire.

Where: Brighton Komedia

When: Wednesday 7th December

Tickets: click here

Coercive Control Conference

About the conference

This half day conference aims to raise delegates awareness of coercive control and to gain a better understanding of the impact of domestic violence and abuse and how early intervention and prevention can help people increase their safety (and that of their children) and recover.

Learning outcomes

Understand the nature of coercive and controlling behaviour within an abusive context:

  • Understand how to identify and support victims to recognise coercion and control
  • Recognise and understand the psycho-social impacts of coercive control for victims, including children
  • Understand the new legal definition of coercive control
  • Learn how to support victims of coercive control

Who should attend?

Course aimed at practitioners who have experience of dealing with domestic violence and abuse cases (may not be their primary core work areas) or who work directly in the area of domestic violence and abuse and /or violence against women and girls. Or whose work may involve this area of work in some way. This includes; police, teachers, social workers, safeguarding staff/ leads, health staff, GPs and housing support staff, the voluntary sector and any other practitioners.

When: Thursday 8th December 1:30pm-4:30pm

Where: The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton

Cost: Free (booking essential) You can book a place on the conference through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway: learning.brighton-hove.gov.uk

More information: click here

All presentations from this event can now be found here.

RISE Up Singing

Songs of Hearth and Heavens

Songs of the Hearth and the Heavens is a seasonal choral celebration featuring Rise Up Singing and friends.

Come and bask in the acoustic splendour of Brighton’s Unitarian Church as Rise Up Singing present a seasonal mix of wintery soundscapes, from windswept wassails to secular plainsong, smoky soul to folky protest - a song from the hearth and the heavens to suit every palette!

Rise Up Singing is affiliated to RISE UK and this concert will be raising funds for RISE.

Helping those affected by domestic abuse. We work alongside survivors giving practical support to help them rebuild safer lives. RISE helps anyone affected by domestic abuse. The overwhelming majority are women and children, but RISE also has a specialist team supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans people (LGBT*).

For more information click here

Where: Unitarian Church, Brighton. 7.00pm

When: Tuesday 13th December

Cost: Ticket prices £7.50 (£6.50 concessions) plus booking fee via Eventbrite

£10 on the door (cash only)