From the 14 January, victims of domestic abuse will be able to access support from local pharmacies in Gloucestershire, as part of the Ask for ANI scheme backed by Chris Nelson and the Government.

 

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 Gloucestershire 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.  

 

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 pharmacies in Gloucestershire that want to take part.

 

If you are unable to reach your local pharmacy and in need of help go to gov.uk for information on support services and helplines available, or call the 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247).

 

The Prime Minister committed to launch this scheme at the Hidden Harms summit last year in recognition of the impact of Covid restrictions on the ability of victims to reach out for help and support. The scheme was initially proposed by survivors as something that would have helped them.

 

Commenting, Chris Nelson, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate said:

 

“Lockdown restrictions are especially difficult for those experiencing domestic abuse, and where home is not the safe place it should be.

 

“That is why I fully support the Government’s backing of the codeword scheme, which will offer a lifeline to all victims in Gloucestershire and the rest of the UK.

 

“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 they need during this challenging time.”

 

Participating Pharmacies:

 

Gloucester

Boots

38-46 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1PU

Boots

Units 3-6, Quedgeley Retail Park, Gloucester, GL2 4NF

Badham Pharmacy

33 Churchdown, Morely Avenue, Gloucester, GL3 2BL

Badham Pharmacy

Parton Road, Churchdown Medical Centre, Gloucester, GL3 2JH

Badham Pharmacy

Unit B, Belgrave House, Whittle Way, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4BJ

Badham Pharmacy

Rikenel, Gloucester City Health Centre, The Park, Gloucester, GL1 1LY

Badham Pharmacy

Aspen Medical Centre, Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PX

Badham Pharmacy

12 London Road, Gloucester, GL1 3NE

Badham Pharmacy

Unit 2, Longford Local Centre West, Horsbere Drive, Longford, Gloucester, GL2 9DH

Badham Pharmacy

Kingsway Health Centre, Rudloe Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2FY

Cheltenham

Boots

197-199 High Street & 12-15 North Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1DB

Boots

Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9RR

Badham Pharmacy

256 Six Ways, London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6HS

Badham Pharmacy

6 Prestbury Road, Pitville, Cheltenham, GL52 2PW

Badham Pharmacy

23 Church Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8LR

Badham Pharmacy

102 Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NF

Badham Pharmacy

4 Stoke Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8RP

Badham Pharmacy

118 Swindon Road, St Paul's Medical Centre, Cheltenham, GL50 4BJ

Badham Pharmacy

62 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6AH

Badham Pharmacy

84 St George's Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3QD

Badham Pharmacy

Unit 2, The Village Square, Upper Rissington, Cheltenham, GL54 2FL

Badham Pharmacy

Cleevelands Medical Centre, Sapphire Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 7YU

Stroud

Boots

57 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AU

Boots

70-72 Parsonage Street, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4AA

Boots

Westend, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 9JA

Boots

37 Tanglewood Way, Bussage, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 8DE

Boots

16B Chapel Street, Cam, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5NU

Forest of Dean

Boots

9-11 Market Street, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2RT

Boots

1 High Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6JS

Badham Pharmacy

9 High Street, Newnham, Gloucestershire, GL14 1BB

Day Lewis Pharmacy

19 Broad Street, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1AQ

Tewkesbury

Boots

92 High Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5JZ

Badham Pharmacy

105 Queens Road, Priors Park, Tewkesbury, GL20 5EN

Cotswolds

Boots

39-43 Cricklade Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1HY

Boots

Market Place, Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4AB

Badham Pharmacy

11 The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, GL54 1BQ

Swindon & Bristol

Boots

100 High Street, Cricklade, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 6AA

Badham Pharmacy

45-47 Filwood Broadway, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1JL

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