Ambassador for Threshold_Das, Freedom Programme & Pioneer for Safelives

Rachel Williams

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, Threshold DAS 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.


Getting to know Rachel a little.

What would you tell someone who maybe in a similar situation to you now?

I would say that you do not have to tolerate this behaviour from someone who is supposed to love you. Whilst you are living with or in a relationship with a domestic terrorist you are fighting for survival every day, you are existing and not living. You are stronger than you think and there is light at the end of the tunnel, it takes that small drop of courage to make that call to a service who can help and support you on your journey to freedom. You are not alone! But, get that help don’t do it alone.

Do you ever feel down, do you have days when you are low?

To be honest my glass is always half full. Your attitude is something that you have control of. Your mind is like a television, it can sometimes play “stuff” that you don’t want to watch, but you hold the remote control. If something is playing that you don’t want to watch…change the channel.

Did you know that 75% - 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thoughts? So in other words, what we think about, affects us physically and emotionally. (Dr Caroline Leaf)

Dr Caroline Leaf states…The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illnesses, we make ourselves sick! Research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 14,000 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones.

I have retrained my thoughts and through forgiving Darren this releases me from these toxic thoughts, which then would have had a detrimental impact on my health.

THERE ARE INTELLECTUAL AND MEDICAL REASON TO FORGIVE.

What did you do for selfcare?

I am a foodie, and I love wine! So I do enjoy going to restaurants and trying new food. I also love travelling and have been to some amazing places, Australia, Hawaii, USA, Canada, Thailand, to name a few. I am very blessed!

How were you able to trust again?

I have an amazing husband who I met on Match.com (all in my book) It was a little hard at first as the barriers were up even though I wanted them to come down. It takes time. Also, by doing the Freedom Programme this gave me an understanding of how perpetrators tick…so I was on the look out! I think that everyone has a soulmate somewhere and sometimes like me you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince.

PETITIONS


  • REVIEW LICENSES GIVEN TO PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SO VICTIMS ARE PROTECTED

  • TAKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERIOUSLY IN COURTS

  • STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE THROUGH THE FAMILY COURTS

  • UK HOME OFFICE; MAKE NON-FATAL STRANGULATION A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE!

    Stand up to Domestic Abuse 2019