Thrive for older, disabled or Roma Gypsy and Traveller Women


All of our support and interventions are inclusive and can be accessed by individuals of any age or disability. We tailor our support to reflect the needs and experiences of individuals.

However we also recognise that some groups of women are disproportionately affected by domestic abuse, which is why we are launching a new service called EDGE to address violence and abuse in older women, disabled women and those from the Roma Gypsy and Traveller Community.

Help For


Disabled Women

Neath Port Talbot has the highest rate (28%) of disability in all of England and Wales, and this rate is higher in the county’s rural areas. Disabled women experience disproportionately higher rates of domestic abuse compared to non-disabled women with greater severity and over a longer period of time. Disabled women often have limited knowledge of possible sources of support and very limited awareness of their rights in relation to violence.

Older Women

The Neath Port Talbot population is ageing: 25.4% are aged over 60. There is less data about domestic abuse experienced by older people as the Crime Survey for England and Wales does not survey people over the age of 60. However, the available research shows they are more likely to be abused by an adult family member and that older survivors are less likely to make attempts to leave.

Roma, Gypsy and Traveller women

There are two authorised Gypsy Traveller caravan sites in Neath Port Talbot County Borough which are home to around 250 residents. Women in Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities are more likely to experience certain types of abuse including forced marriage and dowry-related abuse. Often Traveller survivors face additional barriers to accessing support due reasons of structural racism, discriminatory behaviours, culture, language and low-levels of literacy.

EDGE (Equality, Diversity, enGagement and Education)


The EDGE Project will support women who are marginalised for being Roma, Gypsy and Traveller, Older or Disabled.

The key aim will be to increase safety and reduce the risk of harm using a holistic and bespoke support for vulnerable, female victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

EDGE will empower women who have experienced domestic abuse and multiple disadvantage to be aware of their right to receive fair, equitable and non-discriminatory access to services. It will also educate women who experience multiple disadvantage to recognise the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse.

EDGE will educate professionals working with marginalised groups on how to identify domestic abuse within their client group and have a better understanding of how their vulnerabilities make people susceptible to exploitation and abuse.

The EDGE project will launch in April 2019. If you’d like to find out more about this new service please contact info@thrivewa.org.uk or call 01639 894864.

The EDGE project will require two new Inclusivity and Engagement Officers (25 hours). We would particularly like to welcome and encourage applications from women within the identified marginalised groups. Please keep an eye out on our careers page for new vacancies or contact us for further information.