Our Domestic and Sexual Abuse work focuses on women and girls. It is a partnership initiative with Solace Women’s Aid (SWA), a large specialist advice and refuge charity for women and girls across London.

The project is delivered by Irish Traveller women with lived experience of domestic abuse, ensuring a deep level of understanding and sensitivity of the complexities of such relationships, and the difficulties and barriers to accessing support and advice.

The key aims of the project are to:  

  • Offer confidential outreach and initial assessment support with/without a specialist caseworkers from SWA for women and girls
  • Make direct referrals for assessment and support
  • Deliver domestic and sexual abuse awareness raising with service providers and key agencies who are developing services with the aim of building capacity of statutory & voluntary organisations to engage and work effectively with GRT communities.
  • We can also offer advice and support on service development, training and consultancy nationally.

For further information please contact women@travellermovement.org.uk or call 020 7607 2002.

Family Rights Group 

We've also partnered with Family Rights Group to produce a Q&A blog responding to questions about children’s services and their involvement with families who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. You can read the blog here 

Some of the other projects achievements to date:  

Never Going to Beat You

“An important, poignant piece of theatre. It brought me to tears. This script telling stories from the community is incredibly powerful.”

‘Never Going to Beat You’ is a play that threads together the varying and different stories of many women of all ages from the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities. The women participated in numerous workshops hosted by the Traveller Movement women’s project with the playwright Jennie Buckman from Giants Theatre Company over a 12 month period to share their experiences.  Eighteen women in total participated in this project at different stages.

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/189023459

The film is directed and produced by Jennie’s son Michael Buckman (Crispy Biscuit Films).

‘The screening which took place in March 2020 was followed by a panel discussion about domestic abuse, mental health and well-being within the Gypsy and Traveller communities.

Domestic Violence Advocacy Course

We have run a 12 week advocacy course for Traveller women to provide support and outreach to women experiencing domestic abuse in the Irish Traveller community. Each participant received a certificate to show they are a recognised domestic abuse advocate.