I want to thank all those who took the time and signed my non-fatal strangulation petition which received over 100k signatures. I also want to thank the women who took part in mine and Professor Jane Monckton Smith’s survey, sharing your experiences was not easy. Your voices were heard, and went towards making non-fatal strangulation a specific crime.
It will now have a place in the Domestic Abuse Bill and carry a maximum sentence of up to 5 years for anyone convicted of this violent crime. WE DID IT!!
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.
Rachel is founder of SUTDA, (Stand Up to Domestic Abuse) a Pioneer for Safelives and Ambassador for Locality Solutions.
She campaigns tirelessly and is committed to ending domestic abuse.
She has 4 successful petitions on change.org with a combined 1/2 million signatures.
A qualified IDVA, Rachel also runs an online awareness Facebook page called Don’t Look Back.
Her ambition includes to set up the ‘House that Jack Built’ a children and young person’s refuge and place of safety, in memory of her son.
Rachel's ambition is to have a world where domestic abuse is no longer. Where those who perpetrate abuse will be frowned upon, and put in the same spotlight as sex offenders. The shame must always lie at the feet of those who perpetrate abuse and we must be strong in reflecting this going forward.
Our aims are to: