Support for Domestic Abuse Victims
There are many ways in which community pharmacies can support victims of domestic abuse:
Boots, Superdrug, Morrisons and some independent pharmacies have signed up to be Safe Spaces for domestic abuse victims. https://uksaysnomore.org/safespaces/
If you haven’t yet signed up and are interested please see the above link.
Ask for ANI Domestic Abuse Codeword
Ask ANI is a national codeword scheme developed by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for victims of domestic abuse to signal that they need emergency help from the safety of their local pharmacy. The Home Office will also be providing further briefings for police, local support services and other local partners to raise awareness of the scheme prior to launch.
The scheme will be launched to the public in a couple of weeks.
If you have any queries please contact AskforANI@homeoffice.gov.uk
Below are further details of the scheme:
Pharmacies can sign up to Ask for ANI by completing this online form.
Once registered, pharmacies will be sent a link to posters and training materials which include an animated video explaining how the scheme works.
Pharmacy teams can also use the following resources:
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Home office at; AskforANI@homeoffice.gov.uk