Duchess of Cornwall wants to live in a society 'free from fear'

The Duchess of Cornwall dreams of living in a society in which women are "free from fear".

The 74-year-old duchess - who has been married Prince Charles since 2005 - voiced her support for women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence during a speech at Clarence House on Tuesday (25.01.22), when guests from Refuge - the domestic violence charity - where invited to the royal residence to celebrate the organisation's 50th anniversary.

She said: "Many of you were not even born then, but those of us who were around remember how different life was for women and, above all, for women living with abuse.

"They were, effectively, prisoners in their own homes; held captive by the one person they should have been able to trust.

"Fifty years ago, there was almost no support available: no helplines, no counselling, nowhere to go, no specialist laws, and, perhaps most painfully, very little public understanding of the issue. It was a taboo subject: what happened at home stayed at home.