Duchess Camilla shares a powerful message to those suffering abuse while in isolation

By Heather Cichowski

The world is facing uncertain, scary times with the coronavirus pandemic. We're being encourage to stay home so we can be safe. But for victims of domestic violence, things are even more frightening because many have been forced to self-isolate with their abusers.

Duchess Camilla wants everyone to feel safe at home, wants them to know they have and can access resources and has shared her support to those who might be suffering.

The Duchess of Cornwall released her powerful message on March 27 via Clarence House on Instagram.

"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," she said.

"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."

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“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 . ☎️ 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 Charity @safelives_ have an online resource that provides information about staying safe during COVID-19 - you can read it by following the link in our bio. @RefugeCharity @womens_aid #EveryonesProblem  PA

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The duchess makes it clear that those who are suffering abuse are not alone, and there is help.

"If this is your situation, or you are worried about someone else, I want you to know that you are not alone," she continues.

The 72-year-old goes on to list resources where people can get assistance, including helplines across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Instagram posts also directs those who are in immediate danger to contact the police.

"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," she ends the note.

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The post also includes online resources about staying safe during COVID-19 from SafeLives, a UK charity striving to end domestic abuse. Camilla has worked with the charity.

If you are in Canada and are suffering abuse, or know someone who is, you can refer to these resources from the Government of Canada.

Emerging evidence related to the coronavirus pandemic shows an increased risk of domestic violence and workplace violence in the healthcare sector, as well as an increased risk of racial and sexual violence online and in person, according to some of the resources.

The duchess at a reception for the 15th anniversary of SafeLives at Clarence House on Feb. 12, 2020 in London. She also gave a speech at the event. Photo: © Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cornwall has long spoken out against domestic violence and about removing the stigma from those who have suffered it.

As the President of WOW (Women of the World), she gave a speech at the beginning of March against domestic abuse and launched a new digital campaign, featuring the hashtag #everyonesproblem, to break the taboo of talking about it.

"The campaign to end domestic violence needs the voices of men, as well as women, challenging the cultural, economic and political context in which we all experience the world. We will all benefit from building a society which will simply not tolerate this heinous crime any longer," Camilla said, according to HELLO! UK.

Similarly, Princess Madeleine of Sweden has taken to social media to lend her support to children who might be suffering because of COVID-19 isolation and quarantines.

"At this moment in time my thoughts are with the children around the world and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Swedish police there is now a significant increase in sexual abuse of children online," she began. "Just as handwashing helps to prevent spreading the Coronavirus, caring adults are essential to protect children from abuse and exploitation, both online and offline."

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At this moment in time my thoughts are with the children around the world and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Swedish police there is now a significant increase in sexual abuse of children online. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just as handwashing helps to prevent spreading the Coronavirus, caring adults are essential to protect children from abuse and exploitation, both online and offline. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As an adult, you have a very important role in these times of uncertainty, for your own children and for those of others. Links to relevant resources for parents/adults and children can be found at www.childhood-usa.org/resources (link in bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just nu tänker jag på alla barn runt om i världen och framför allt de som påverkas av Covid-19. Enligt Polisen ökar nu internetrelaterade sexuella övergrepp mot barn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Precis som att handtvätt hjälper till att förhindra spridningen av Corona, så är vuxna avgörande för att förhindra våld och sexuella övergrepp mot barn, på och utanför nätet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just nu är du som vuxen viktigare än någonsin, både för dina egna barn och andras. Läs mer om vad du kan göra på www.childhood.se/coronaviruset-och-barn

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"As an adult, you have a very important role in these times of uncertainty, for your own children and for those of others."

Like Camilla, Madeleine shared online resources that will hopefully aid people in this difficult time.

Camilla's powerful message comes after it was announced Prince Charles had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. His symptoms are reported to be mild, according to Clarence House, and he continues to work from his Birkhall home on the Royal Family's Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Clarence House made the announcement on March 25 that Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: © Andrew Matthews-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Charles and Duchess Camilla – who tested negative for the virus and continues to monitor her health – is self-isolating separately at Birkhall.

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