The Duchess of Cornwall didn’t let ferocious winds dampen her spirits today as she stepped out to attend a charity engagement in London.
The 68-year-old battled the breezy weather to visit SafeLives – an organisation dedicated to ending domestic abuse – located at the Foundry in the south of the capital.
Prince Charles’ wife warmly smiled at well-wishers as she stepped out of her chauffeur-driven car before heading inside to learn about the work of the company.
Mother-of-two Camilla, who attended the appointment alone, warded off the January chill with the help of a smart grey blazer emblazoned with a pinstripe pattern and a matching skirt.
Knee-high suede boots, black leather gloves and a blue printed silk scarf completed the chic day time look.
The Duchess was said to be keen to learn more about the work of the charity, which trains domestic abuse professionals, supports local services, and works to improve what happens on the ground for victims.
The domestic abuse suffered by individuals can be life threatening, with more than 100,000 people in the UK at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured each year.
Mother-of-two Camilla, who attended the appointment alone, warded off the January chill with the help of a smart grey blazer emblazoned with a pinstripe pattern and a matching skirt
During 2013 and 2014, 85 women were murdered by their partner or ex-partner in England and Wales.
This accounted for just under half (46 per cent) of all murders of women aged 16 or over. In comparison, 7 per cent of men murdered were killed by their partner or ex-partner.
SafeLives emerged from an urgent need to find better ways to help victims of domestic abuse.
Before the charity was founded in 2005, the main option for a victim living in fear was to go to a refuge, often leaving their friends, family and community behind.
SafeLives focuses on offering a combination of specialist tailored support from a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisor and enabling the main statutory agencies to work together, sharing information and resources so that the victim gets coordinated and effective support.
In the past year, the charity’s work has benefited over 67,500 high risk victims and their 76,000 children.
The Duchess was said to be keen to learn more about the work of the charity, which trains domestic abuse professionals, supports local services, and works to improve what happens on the ground for victims
Camilla began her visit to the London offices by listening to a presentation made by victims of domestic abuse who have been helped by the organisation before attending a reception to meet the staff and supporters.
Meanwhile, this evening the Prince of Wales will attend a Lancaster House reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglo-Omani Society.
The Society works to preserve the long standing friendship and historic bond between Britain and Oman.
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