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Domestic Abuse and poor outcomes in Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) communities

Our GRT community encounter the poorest outcomes when faced with domestic abuse, as often members of the community do not want to  report incidents, or they are prohibited by their community in speaking out. This leads to inaccurate data reporting and difficulty in identifying the  true extent of the domestic abuse being suffered.

Domestic abuse occurs in all communities and cultures and not just within GRT families.  However, it is a subject not often talked about within the GRT community, which does not help the victims to speak out.

Within many GRT families, it is not always possible for a female to seek support or help from her immediate friends, family, and acquaintances, as there can be a backlash effect on them for reporting abuse, or if they speak out, they are often ostracised and labelled to prevent them forging new relationships.

Some men are victims of abuse too. Men in the GRT community maybe embarrassed, fearful or unable to report domestic abuse.

GRT Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

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.”

https://www.travellermovement.org.uk

Tel: 01273 234778

One Voice 4 Travellers

Key Values at One Voice 4 Travellers Limited

Working with and supporting members of the Gypsy Traveller and Roma communities who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress caused by or associated with violence.

Work to support the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community members to enable them to make informed choices.

To encourage engagement and participation within the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community and with the wider community.

To promote good relationship by raising the cultural competence of service providers.

https://onevoice4travellers.co.uk

Tel: 01945 430724

Friends Families and Travellers (FFT)

FFT work on behalf of all Gypsies, Travellers and Roma regardless of ethnicity, culture, or background.

They seek to end racism and discrimination against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

FFT provide advice and consultancy, promote health and wellbeing, contribute to research and policy making, deliver training and much more.

https://www.gypsy-traveller.org

Tel: 01273 234778

Gate Herts

Gate Herts mission is to build a sustainable organisation that provides leadership both locally and nationally in addressing the disadvantage and discrimination that GRT communities experience. GATE Herts will support and empower GRT communities to bring about this change.

https://gateherts.org.uk/

Tel: 01920 444327

Useful Links

Violence against women and girls - the nature of domestic abuse in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities