Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed a UK Government initiative to help victims of domestic abuse access much-needed support from thousands of pharmacies across the country
The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support.
By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helpline.
The initiative follows a commitment from the Prime Minister to take action in recognition of the impact that Covid-19 restrictions have had on the ability of victims to reach out for help.
Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said
The ‘stay at home’ message has been vital in our efforts to tackle Coronavirus.
But for many people, home is not a safe place to be.
This new initiative could provide a lifeline for people who are extremely vulnerable and in need of support.
Staff at pharmacies will be able to provide a safe and discreet space for anyone that sounds the alarm.
This service will be available at more than 2,000 Boots stores on High Streets across the country, as well as 255 independent pharmacies.
I think it will prove to be a really valuable service for people during what is a very challenging period as the Covid-19 restrictions continue.