Health and Wellbeing

Boots pharmacies offering safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse

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Posted on: 1 May 2020

From today, Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact local services for help and advice.

It’s been launched by charity, Hestia, following an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines, since lockdown.

Devon’s regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of reports to them during April.

Marc Donovan, Chief Pharmacist Boots UK said: 

“Our pharmacies have long been a place where people can turn to for help and advice on their local high street.  At times like these, our 2,400 stores in communities across the UK take on increased importance, as a place of safety for those who need one.  We hope that making our consultation rooms safe spaces we can help people find the support they need at this difficult time, when many other options are temporarily unavailable.”

If you need help, please call your local Victim Support team in Devon and Cornwall on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday.

If you need support outside of open hours, call the Victim Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111.

You can now also access Victim Support’s free live chat for 24/7 support.

In an emergency always call 999.

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