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Domestic abuse in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community

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Some people experiencing abuse can face additional barriers.

Published: 07/07/2021

It's estimated that there are 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Traveller people living in England and Wales, with the greatest density in the South East. There is very little data on domestic abuse within these communities, but we know that – more broadly – 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. 

People experiencing abuse within these communities can face additional barriers when reaching out for help. For example, although many Gypsies and Travellers live in bricks and mortar accommodation, many still maintain a traditional nomadic lifestyle; accessing services when on the move can be tough. Also, although times are changing, many girls will end their education at 13 or 14; poor literacy and lack of outside support can result in many people not knowing where or how to get help.

There are specialist services who can offer advice, support and guidance for members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. If you’re worried about your relationship, or that of a friend of family member, please contact:

  • The Traveller Movement – a leading national charity committed to the fulfilment of human rights for ethnic minority Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. They offer support and advocacy for those experiencing domestic abuse and can be contacted on 020 7607 2002 (not 24 hours).

In an emergency, always call 999.

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