The Duchess of Cornwall has issued a message for victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, 27 March 2020, via social media.

The Duchess gives a keynote speech at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival in London on Friday, 6 March 2020. Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family
The Duchess gives a keynote speech at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival on Friday, 6 March 2020. Photo: Facebook/The Royal Family

Camilla has been campaigning this year to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the coronavirus has made life difficult for some victims as the home is not always ‘a safe place’.

This is a hard time for everyone, 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.

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 abuse charities. Please stay safe and get help.

The Duchess of Cornwall,

Camilla, as Patron and President of Women of the World Festival (WOW) delivered the keynote speech at the Festival to mark its 10th Anniversary on Friday, 6 March 2020.

The Duchess also pointed out that it is not only men who abuse and it is not only women who are abused. 

Where To Seek Help in the UK?

Clarence House has provided information for people in the United Kingdom, urging them to call 999 and ask for the police if they are in ‘immediate danger’.

For those 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

Visit https://www.refuge.org.uk/ for getting help or read more online and charity SafeLives have an online resource that provides information about staying safe during COVID-19.

Help For Australians

Australians should dial 000 and ask for the police if they are in immediate danger.

Contact the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul or Women’s Community Shelters to seek help.

The NSW Government also provides Housing Assistance for domestic and family violence victims.

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