Survivor, Campaigner, Author, IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor), SUDTA (Stand Up To Domestic Abuse)
After 18 years in an abusive relationship, Rachel was shot and severely injured by her violent partner in 2011. He then committed suicide, as did her 16-year-old son Jack, shortly after the attack. Rachel spent several weeks in hospital and now lives with life altering injuries. She is founder of SUTDA (Stand Up to Domestic Abuse), Ambassador for Locality Solutions, and Patron for WCID – What Can I Do. She always won a St David’s Humanitarian Award in 2020. In 2019 she held Wales first survivor led domestic abuse conference, which was opened by The First Minister. The event was attended by over 300 delegates, which were made up of survivors, MP’s, Assembly Members, Chief Constables, Police & Crime Commissioners, former VC, Dame Vera Baird, DA Commissioner Nicole Jacobs and many more! Rachel campaigns tirelessly and is committed to ending domestic abuse. She has 5 successful petitions on Change.org with a combined million signatures. One of her campaigns and surveys went to help towards making non-fatal strangulation a specific crime. Non-Fatal Strangulation is now on the statute book and carries up to 5 years imprisonment. She has worked closely with Den-Tech and team and Locality Solutions to create IMTAS ‘It’s More Than a Smile’. Now a qualified IDVA, Rachel also runs online an online awareness Facebook page called Stand Up to Domestic Abuse, and is also an Author – ‘The Devil at Home’ (Penguin Random House).
12-May-2023OTA Seminars & Den-Tech ForumHidden horrors behind a smile