Domestic violence during COVID-19
Boots has partnered with the UK Says No More campaign to turn its consultation rooms into “safe spaces” for victims of domestic abuse, and other pharmacies can join the initiative.
People who are experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic can walk into any Boots branch in the UK from May 1st 2020 and ask the pharmacist if they can use the consultation room.
Once inside the room, “all the specialist domestic abuse support information will be available” and if the person needs to contact a domestic abuse support service, they can “make that call safely”, according to the website set up for the campaign.
The initiative is a partnership between Hestia – a charity offering support to victims of domestic abuse and modern slavery and those with mental health needs – and Boots. It issupported by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
To find your local Boots pharmacy, click here.
For more information on domestic violence support and advice, click here.
Government support for anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse Website: www.gov.uk/government/coronavirus
Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship, or those concerned about someone they know. Available in four languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish.
Website : www.hestia.org/brightsky
Manchester Women’s Aid Helpline – 0161 660 7999
Women’s Aid Live Chat: available Monday to Friday 10.00 -12.00 or https://chat.womensaid.org.uk
Galop LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0161 636 7525
Saheli Asian Women’s Project – 0161 945 4187
Community Language Helpline Service (Urdu and Punjabi): 0161 636 7525
Greater Manchester End The Fear www.EndtheFear.co.uk
Karma Nirvana – Helpline for ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 599 9247
Manchester Social Care (adults and children) – 0161 234 5001
SafeLives www.safelives.org.uk - a UK-wide charity has further advice and support on COVID 19 and domestic abuse.
Surviving Economic Abuse www.survivingeconomicabuse/resources share information on abuse and economic resources. There is a page specific to COVID 19 Outbreak
Respect - 0808 802 4040
If you are concerned about your behaviour and feel you may be about to hurt someone please call the helpline or contact: respectphoneline.org.uk
The Respect Phone line is a confidential national helpline, email, webchat service for perpetrators of domestic abuse looking for help to stop.
They help male and female perpetrators in heterosexual or same sex relationships. Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as family and friends, are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support.
Talk Listen Change (TLC) are the local provider of perpetrator behaviour change programmes in Manchester, ring: 0161 872 1100 or