‘I want you to know that you are not alone’: Duchess of Cornwall sends message to victims of domestic abuse during coronavirus lockdown – urging them to ‘please stay safe’ and reach out to charities for support
- Camilla, 72, sent an impassioned message to those suffering domestic abuse
- The royal told while we all must stay home, for some home is not a ‘safe place’
- Appears to remain in self-isolation from Charles, 71, who tested positive for virus
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a message to victims of domestic abuse during coronavirus lock-down, urging them to ‘stay safe’ amid the pandemic.
Camilla, 72, admitted that while we all must stay at home, for many it is ‘not a safe place’ and told victims she ‘could not imagine’ how difficult it is to be trapped with their abusers.
In an impassioned social media post, Camilla, who is remaining in self-isolation from Prince Charles, 71, at Birkhall after he tested positive for coronavirus, urged those in danger to seek help and insisted they are ‘not alone’.
The Prince of Wales has a ‘mild’ form of the illness, while the Duchess of Cornwall has tested negative and is without any symptoms of the virus, which has killed 759 and infected 14,579 more in the UK so far.
The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured) sent a message to victims of domestic abuse during coronavirus lock-down , urging them to ‘stay safe’ amid the pandemic
‘This is a hard time for everyone, said Camilla in a string of comments, ‘As we are all asked to stay at home to stay safe.
‘But for some of you it is even harder, because home is not a safe place.’
‘I can only imagine that being asked to stay there could feel very isolating and frightening for you and your family. It may mean spending more time with the person who is harming you.’
She went on to urge those who cannot leave their home to call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, and insisted that victims are ‘not alone’ in their plight.
Camilla, 72, appears to remain in self-isolation from Charles, 71, in Scotland following the future king testing positive for coronavirus
‘If this is your situation, or you are worried about someone else, I want you to know that you are not alone.
‘Even if you cannot leave your home, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline or contact one of the domestic violence charities. Please stay safe and get help.’
This comes after leading women’s charities expressed their own fears on a rise in domestic violence during the lock-down period.
Women’s Aid sent a ‘clear message’ to anyone with concerns about being trapped with their abuser, insisting that help and support is available through the charity and emphasising the fact that domestic abuse remains a crime amid the pandemic.
In an impassioned social media post, the royal urged those in danger to seek help and told victims she ‘could not imagine’ how difficult it is to be trapped with their abusers
Another leading charity, Refuge, has expressed ‘concern’ about rising incidents of domestic abuse during the lockdown.
They told that while the ordinary window for women to report abuse is small, lockdown will make their opportunity to escape violence ‘even smaller’ – and have issues a guide for survivors of domestic abuse.
Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of National Domestic Abuse charity Refuge, said: ‘Refuge has undertaken a huge technology operation over the past eight days to move the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, ordinarily run from a cyber-secure office environment, to remote locations.
Camilla, 72, was seen applauding the NHS from a window last night while Charles, 71, appeared in a hallway by the front door
‘We have achieved this through much hard work and our expert team has been able to continue its life-saving work whilst adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions on movement.
‘We want to reassure women that our Helpline is continuing to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that it is free, and confidential.
Last night Charles and Camilla shared a video of them clapping NHS heroes from separate areas of Birkhall House in the Balmoral estate.
The touching footage surfaced on the Clarence House Instagram profile, with images also showing the royal couple previously meeting frontline workers.
The Clarence House Instagram post, shared last night, also showed the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall previously meeting frontline NHS workers
FEMAIL has contacted Clarence House for comment.
Lisa Ackerley, trustee and chair at Royal Society for Public Health, told FEMAIL: ‘If anyone in the household has symptoms of the coronavirus or has been diagnosed, it makes sense for them to be isolated as much as possible from the rest of the household.
‘For others in the household who are vulnerable, for example if they have underlying health conditions or are over 70, then advice is that they should try to arrange to stay away for 14 days.
‘So it is absolutely right that Camilla should be self-isolating from Charles to protect herself.’
If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are not in immediate danger, please call one of the following 24 hour helplines:
England: 0808 2000 247
Northern Ireland: 0808 802 1414
Scotland: 0800 027 1234
Wales: 0808 8010 800
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