Victims of domestic abuse are now able to access support from local pharmacies in Wealden as part of the “Ask for ANI” scheme.
The scheme will allow those at risk or suffering from abuse in the local area to discreetly use a recognised codeword to signal that they need help and access to support.
Pharmacies across Wealden and the rest of the UK are classed as essential retailers and remain open, meaning specifically trained staff are available to provide a safe space for victims to sound an alarm if they are isolated at home with their abuser, and unable to get help in another way.
Where is it?
The scheme will be available in local Boots stores, as well as a number of local independent pharmacies which will display a poster in the window, with more detailed information about the “Ask for ANI” scheme available online. There will also be an on-going sign-up process for all Wealden pharmacies that want to take part.
Support services across Sussex are still accessible for all victims during lockdown and there are many ways in which people can discreetly reach out for the help and support they need.
The Portal is a partnership of leading domestic and sexual abuse and violence charities in Sussex and can be contacted at 0300 323 9985.
You can also call the 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline at 0808 2000 247.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, always dial 999 and ask for the police.