The good news is we have been able to simply move everything across to next year with the new date being Saturday 25th September 2021…nothing else has changed other than the date!
Nominated for Humanitarian award
Rachel Williams is a leading advocate in the campaign against domestic violence. She is a survivor of 18 years of severe domestic abuse, which ended in 2011 when her abuser shot her with a sawn off shot gun before hanging himself. 6 weeks later her 16 year old son hung himself due to the trauma of the years of abuse and subsequent shooting of his mother. She survived by the skin of her teeth and now campaigns tirelessly to help other survivors.
She is at the forefront of pushing the domestic abuse bill through Parliament, and on 13th September 2019, hosted the first ever survivor-led domestic abuse conference in South Wales: Stand Up to Domestic Abuse (#sutda), which brought together many survivors and professionals. Rachel is brave, kind, and passionate, and has dedicated her life to helping women all over the country.
Rachel is an ambassador for The Freedom Programme, and she has been working with SafeLives for many years, first as a member of their ‘Friends and Families Group’ and now as a SafeLives Pioneer. She brings heart, honesty, bravery and absolute expertise to her work. SafeLives would be a completely different organisation without her.
From sitting on domestic abuse project boards, to speaking to the national media, Rachel shows authenticity in every action, every word she speaks. She changes the domestic abuse sector by bringing all of these voices together, and she changes the lives of the women she is representing.
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 an Ambassador for The Freedom Programme, Patron for SEEdS Wales and a SafeLives Pioneer.
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:
Following on from the first ever Survivor led conference in Wales which saw over 300 professionals and survivors in attendance, and the Inaugural year of Stand Up to Domestic Abuse day, Rachel Williams will be hosting a Gala Dinner.