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

‘Never going to Beat You is a Traveller Movement film about domestic abuse.  

The project originally began as a community theatre project with eighteen Romany Gypsy and Minceir/Pavee (Irish Traveller) women who shared their stories of abuse with us to produce a play. Together with the highly esteemed playwright Jennie Buckman from Giants community theater NGTBY was created. The play was staged and at The Blue Elephant Theatre in June 2016.

In 2018 we secured a small fund enabling us to work with again with Jennie and her son Michael Buckman, together with his film production company Crispy Biscuit, to develop a film version of the play. Jennie adapted the text into an original screenplay, which was then rehearsed and shot over a period of weeks. The characters in the film are portrayed by a mix of women and men from the Traveller Movement and professional actors.

Threading aspects of the women’s lives together, the film tells the story of 17-year-old Moira La Bas, who is about to sit her ‘A’ Levels when she meets Patrick, an older divorcee at a St Patrick’s Day dance. He woos her and wins her over, but Moira’s mother Evie foresees disaster and tries to rally the community to save her daughter

 ‘Never Going to Beat You’ (15) was previewed on 7th March 2020 at Cinema Lumiere, Institut Francais in London.  

The film will be shown wider to Gypsy and Traveller communities to generate discussion around domestic abuse, and be used to encourage greater understanding amongst service providers including social services, the education authorities and the police.

Going forward  

If you are interested in organising a viewing of NGTBY at your local community center, cinema etc. please contact partnershipsmanager@travellermovement.org.uk 

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

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

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.