Boots, the health and beauty retailer, has announced that its consultation rooms have become a safe space for domestic violence victims. The scheme started on 1st May 2020, in response to the growing domestic violence crisis due to the lockdown period. Boots has indicated that victims of domestic abuse will be able to contact domestic abuse helplines and charities from their consultation rooms. Many domestic violence victims will often turn to friends and family for support. However, the current government guidelines in relation to social distancing has left many victims of abuse isolated and struggling to find help and support.
Pharmacy staff are classed as key workers, and pharmacies, therefore, remain open during the current pandemic.
While in the consultation room, victims will have access to:
- 24-hour National domestic abuse helpline: call 0808 2000 247
- Men’s advice line: call 0808 801 032
- Scotland – Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline (freephone 24/7): call 0800 027 1234
- Wales – Live Fear Free Helpline (freephone 24/7): call 0808 801 0800
- Northern Ireland – Domestic & Sexual Abuse: call 0808 802 1414
- Signposting to download the free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or who is concerned about someone they know.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and would like advice and assistance, or wish to apply for a protective order from the Court, please do not hesitate to contact our family team – call 01206 700113 or email [email protected].
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