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To that was Mr Annan full. And the Duchess of Sussex reflecting on the Forces for change cover. This was actually recorded back in August last year. And I think there was some confusion when it was posted on the Sussex World Account that they had just filmed this especially to mark this achievement. Sources say that it was actually within the palace a video that wasn't initially going to see the light of day. I think some people didn't agree that it should be ed for whatever reason but now that the Duchess of Sussex are in control of things themselves. I think they felt like we should post it and I'm glad they did. I think it's great to see this. Sort of more candid lights side of them. Of course we get very little insight into how they work and how they all behind the scenes. It's always great see. This week was also an incredibly important wink. For Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall. Who SPEAK TO THE? Daily Mail about how some of her own friends of suffered from domestic violence and hearing the victim stories on friend side but also through a charity that she's working closely with safe lives really her to want to do more when it came to campaigning on behalf of abused women in the UK. We saw her host a reception. Clarence House which is her London. Home to mark the fifteen. Th Anniversary of safe lies charity here in the UK which fights against a rising epidemic of domestic abuse. The engagement brought together a number of women and survivors. That the Duchess's mets on previous engagements and also was to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the charity itself and launched their Valentine's campaign which is really celebrating. The courageous journey that many male and female survivors have been through joining me. Now is a of safe live. Suzanne Jacob who is with the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House this week for a very important engagement for the charity. Thanks for joining me Suzanne. Thanks it's been quite a busy week for you guys a big stage for you guys this week as well because it has been wall to wall coverage on this engagement that the Duchess of Cornwall tied with safe lives this week. A very important cause for her. Yeah we're really incredibly appreciative of her. Willingness to engage with us. Not just this week but as you know dating back now. Four years over four years her engagement with the issue With the survivors that we support with us is a charity. A that means a great deal to us and the ripple effect of that is extraordinary. We have people contact us from all over the world since Wednesday to talk about what it means to them to see her. Take such a meaningful interest in what's going on in their lives and trying to make a difference. You mentioned that. This relationship began back in two thousand sixteen. How was it that the duchess I learned about save lives? Well I think she. She had expressed an interest to her advisers about the issue and they did very diligent. Work Making sure that she was then introduced to a number of organizations with aim. She might develop a compensation to learn more about the the topic more about the way organizations like 'cause work and to meet people who've had pestle experiences and of course this week we saw her meet up with a number of women who've been involved with safe lives this week The engagement was really tied into Valentine's campaign to celebrate the collective strength and resilience thousands of male and female victims across the country. How long does it usually take to bring something like this together? I mean presumably the relationship with the Duchess of Cornwall has continued behind the scene since twenty. Sixteen it's not always just engagements that we see this working partnership we've had the opportunity to engage a number of times since twenty sixteen One of the things that we work on a great deal at save lives the need to make sure that the response to domestic abuse isn't just held exclusively in the criminal justice system and we're passionately advocating the need for the health system in particular take a greater interest in domestic abuse domestic abuse to be treated as a public health. Problem is it so clearly is and it's so endemic Say We accompany turn visit to the Royal Stoke Hospital a couple of years ago so she could meet specialist workers. We call them. It was independent. Rustic violence advises located in that hospital to see the difference. It can make if you move that response into a health setting rather than have it based just in the community or indeed in Criminal Justice Setting We also then engaged with her a couple of years ago now at the Kamath heads of government meeting in London Where she talked a little about the role of employers in identifying and responding. What's going on for their employees and making sure that they're well supported so that people can stay in the workplace and in the workforce when they're having an experienced domestic abuse so it's been a long running and extremely constructive conversation and she has been able to highlight with some of the things that we feel are most important and as I say that has meant a great deal to survive is all of whom have taken lots of notice of the fact that she didn't just do this one. She didn't just do this twice but this is a really important sustained theme for her for her public work. And why do you think it is so important? We had a candidate remarks from the touches this week. In the Daily Mail newspaper she spoke about how this is an issue that affects everyone. It doesn't matter who you are and what your background is. And she sheds some very important words in that interview. But you spent time with yourself. What do you think it is that it makes us so passionate about this particular subject? Well she very generously says that the contact with safe lives and the survivors that we have brought her into contact with is the thing that really made the most significant difference to her so in twenty sixteen. We we invited her to. What was quite an experiential event In which Some of the survivors. We call them. Pioneers he worked with had laid out in the middle of the room and item that had particular resonance for them and their experience that they had had and talk about their experience from the perspective of of how the item was involved and I think she was really really moved by that experience. And that's what she's continued to to reflect on since was the sheer scale and severity of the issue really came home to her. That's event and the dire impact on people's identity and in a humanity really came home to her and I think that's something which people who know less about domestic abuse sometimes wouldn't understand is that it's not just about co some breezes and physical manifestations of harm so say very much about the psychological impact on people that goes on for years sometimes for decades after an experience is over and I think that touched her very personally and has stayed with ever since one of the things that really impressed me about the Dutch Sis. Thoughts on this was when she spoke about that twenty sixteen will that first meeting with? Save lives. She came away thinking. What can we do a bounce? It rather than just sort of leaving and moving onto the next thing. We often associate members of the royal family with sort of cutting ribbons than we think. It's very much about the pomp pageantry but for her. This is really about getting involved to make a difference and she says to break down the stigma surrounding the subject of domestic violence. Because of course every still such a strong taboo around it absolutely and I think that's such a a wonderful thing for the the survivors. He reconnect with. You understand him for our team to to think about it. Safe lives were very practical organization We actually leave a lot of campaigning. Work TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WAY. More focused on that practical Change that can be achieved in local areas and the Nashnamie and I think that that again is something that felt quite important to who was the sentences you say. What can we actually do? How do we make this change And she really listened to the women who are in the room that day. Do you understand what they felt. Positive change would look like and this week. We saw the duchess reunited with one of the women. She'd met on a previous engagements Rachel Williams domestic piece of I've Who I believe is when they met four years ago and most recently they were able to talk about sort of how far she's come from then it was. I stood out to me that Millard personally kept in touch with Rachel Williams since then and you seen this sort of extra effort made by the Duchess to really sort of be as hands on involved as possible. Well she quoted Rachel in his speeches. Since the moment they met in twenty sixteen We arranged visit for her with a colleague organization in New Zealand called shine and when she went to that organization she quoted what she'd heard from. Rachel. Rachel sent her book That Rachel wrote they'd been in touch about other things I know that Rachel wrote to her about the phenomenal conference that Rachel Round for survivors all across the UK last year in which hundreds of survivors came together to lift their voices to speak about their experiences and to draw strength from each other. And through all of that right Chilin the Duchesse de appear to have made a very personal connection which is incredible. You mentioned that the impact from Wednesday's engagement had already seen people reaching out from different parts of the world. How important is it for an organization like save lives to have a member of the royal family or someone prominent position shining? That spotlight on the work. That you're doing I think it's tremendously important That public position as Is a very important thing in the royal family do resonate for people all over the world and so two to adopt this as an issue an awesome an organization that she feels she want's to speak about on a public platform into US have public platform to draw? Attention is an incredible thing because it would be very easy not to do that or to only think about causes and issues which are a bit sort of safer in people's minds and it's incredibly important that we don't treat issues like domestic abuse if they've got to be kept out of public sight and out of view bad things go on behind closed doors because they're behind closed doors because their secret and the more that people with a public profile as well as those of us in the charity sector and another parts of the community can raise that the more we chip away at the kind of monster of secrecy that lives around domestic abuse and helps it to happen and of course there is still so much work to be done. I mean I was reading some of the statistics at least two women that killed each week in the UK by carnal fallen partners multi-million reports and it's important emphasize reports domestic apiece each year. What is on the horizon for.