The Traveller Movement (TMM)

Promoting the inclusion of Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers through community engagement, advocating their human rights, and leading on powerful research to shape policy.

TMM provide a bespoke domestic abuse training package ‘Never Going to Beat You’ for professionals working with GRT families.

Their 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 caseworker 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.
  • TMM can also offer advice and support on service development, training, and consultancy nationally.

For further information please contact Jenni Berlin: partnershipsmanager@travellermovement.org.uk
or call the office on: 020 7607 2002

Never Going to Beat You

During Covid-19 lockdown, TMM will be organising online screenings of NGTBY followed by a training session for professionals.
For more information, contact 
partnershipsmanager@travellermovement.org.uk

‘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 theatre NGTBY was created.

In 2018 a film version of the play was developed. 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

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 centre, cinema etc. please contact partnershipsmanager@travellermovement.org.uk

Upcoming training dates and booking links can be found here and you can find further information on the project here.

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.”

Geographical area service covers

National

Who is the service for?

Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers

Referral routes into service (professionals, self)

https://www.travellermovement.org.uk/contact

Risk level you support

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