More pharmacies across Burnley and Padiham sign up to take part in scheme that offers support to victims of domestic abuse
More pharmacies in Burnley and Padiham have signed up to take part in a national scheme to help victims of domestic violence.
Victims of abuse can access support through the 'Ask for ANI' scheme which allows those at risk, or suffering from abuse, in the local area to discreetly use a recognised codeword to signal that they need help and support.
The government launched codeword scheme stands for Action Needed Immediately and was launched last month.
Pharmacies across the borough are classed as essential retailers and remain open, meaning specially 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.
Boots and other pharmacies in Burnley town centre and also Padiham are signed up and ready to support victims. Those participating have a poster displayed in the window.
Anyone who is unable to reach a local pharmacy but is in need of help can go to www.gov.uk for information on support services and helplines available, or call the 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247).
The scheme has been welcomed by Burnley MP Mr Antony Higginbotham who said: “Nobody should suffer at the hands of domestic abuse and it’s crucial that perpetrators face the full force of the law.
"But for this to happen victims need to be able to speak up. If you’re a victim of this terrible crime you can now access support safely and discreetly.
"By asking for ANI in pharmacies across Burnley and Padiham, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if you need to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helpline.
"Please don't suffer in silence.
“Local pharmacies already play an incredibly important role in our local community, and their support is vital in ensuring that domestic abuse victims get the help that they need during this challenging time.”