Camilla Parker Bowles is a veteran of domestic abuse awareness, which she said likely began in 2016 after hearing survivor Rachel Williams’ story. Williams was shot by her partner, and her son died by suicide shortly after due to the trauma, per Vanity Fair. Her story motivated the then-duchess to begin advocating on behalf of victims and encouraging them to seek help. Recently, she and Theresa May threw public support behind a £20 million NHS campaign to encourage silent victims to find help, per The Guardian.
It’s also a personal issue. She told The Daily Mail in 2020 that she personally knew people who were victims of violence, but they were too ashamed or embarrassed to discuss it, and Camilla herself had to grow out of her own discomfort around the topic. Since 2016, Camilla has held several events benefitting charities and awareness organizations centering on domestic and sexual abuse survivors. And during the pandemic lockdowns in Great Britain, she took the time to address the impact it had on lives at home, especially those with abusive spouses. On her Instagram page, she posted hotlines available throughout the United Kingdom and included a link to the organization SafeLives.
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.