On 14th July Dianna Parkes and Hetti Nanton were invited to join Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House for a reception that bought together campaigners, politicians, police, victims and high-profile ambassadors in the hope of raising awareness of domestic abuse.
After meeting Diana and Hetti at a visit to SafeLives in January and being moved by Jo’s story, The Duchess of Cornwall pledged to help victims, describing her and others as “some of the bravest women I have been privileged to meet…their silence was broken – but only after tragedy. I hope very much that today might mark a moment when we start to pull back that shroud of silence.”
At the event, The Duchess of Cornwall also told guests, including Julie Walters, Victoria Derbyshire and Alesha Dixon “Domestic abuse remains a hidden problem in our society. It is characterised by silence – silence from those who suffer, silence from those around them and silence from those who perpetrate abuse. This silences is corrosive: it leaves women, children – and men – carrying the burden of shame, it prevents them from speaking out about their abuse and it prevents them from getting help. And at its worst, it can be fatal.”
Working with The Duchess of Cornwall and those who attended the event, the Joanna Simpson Foundation continues to work to break the silence of domestic abuse and ensure children, so often the silent victims, get the right help.
Speaking after the event, Dianna said “It was wonderful to continue the conversation with The Duchess of Cornwall and to speak to such a diverse group affected by domestic abuse. Working together I truly believe we can change lives by ensuring victims and their families get the right support and care.”