Victims of domestic abuse are able to use a codeword scheme to help them signal for help from the safety of a pharmacy.
Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) has been developed by the Home Office to allow domestic abuse sufferers to signal they need emergency help to a chemist.
It has been developed to help those who have felt isolated and more difficult to ask for help during lockdown.
Victims of domestic abuse are able to use the codeword ANI in participating pharmacies (including all Boots stores and participating independent pharmacies) to let staff know that they require an emergency police response or help contacting a helpline or specialist support service.
Participating pharmacies will display posters in their window and around the pharmacy to let customers know that they can approach their staff to seek help. Any information shared will be treated confidentially.
When a victim uses the codeword or asks for help, the member of staff will ask the victim to accompany them to the consultation room. They will then check whether the victim is in danger and wants the police to be called. If so, the staff member will offer the use of a phone to dial 999 or make the call on the victim’s behalf.
If the victim is not in an emergency situation, the staff member will support the victim to contact a national domestic abuse helpline or local support service. They may also contact the police via 101.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Capps, force tactical lead for domestic abuse said: "We welcome this scheme and working with pharmacies as another route of support for domestic abuse victims. If you are suffering domestic abuse we want to help you.
"It doesn’t matter who is threatening, controlling or abusing you - partner, family or friend; reach out for help and together with our partnership agencies we will do everything we can to support you. Please remember that even during lockdown, you can leave your home to get help."
You can find out which pharmacies are participating by using the map below or by scrolling further down this page to find a list of Ask for ANI pharmacy locations.
27 Bury St, Abingdon OX14 3QT
18 Sycamore Rd, Amersham HP6 5DR
Rectory Road Surgery, School Ln, Amersham HP7 0HG
23 High St, Ascot SL5 7HG
4 High St, Aylesbury HP20 1ST
H, Walton Court Centre, Aylesbury HP21 8TJ
12-14 Castle St, Banbury OX16 5UH
Banbury Cross Retail Park, 1C Lockheed Cl, Banbury OX16 1LX
22C Oakley Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7JY
7-9 Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1NL
33-35 Sheep St, Bicester OX26 6JJ
Unit A, Bicester Shopping Park, Bicester, OX26 1ES
The Lexicon 19 - 23 The Lexicon Shopping Centre, Braccan Walk, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1BE
5, The Square, Harmans Water Rd, Bracknell RG12 9LP
11 Market Hill, Buckingham MK18 1JX
56-58 The Broadway, High St, Chesham HP5 1EG
17-18 High St, Chipping Norton OX7 5AD
The Green, Datchet, Slough SL3 9JH
Unit 40, The Orchard Centre, Didcot OX11 7LG
57 High St, Egham TW20 9EX
17A Market Pl, Faringdon SN7 7HP
3, Aries House, Flackwell Heath HP10 9NB
67-69 Packhorse Rd, Gerrards Cross SL9 8PQ
9 Park Parade Centre, Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7AA
3-7 Bell St, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BA
Oxford Rd, High Wycombe HP11 2AW
4 High St, High Wycombe HP11 2AZ
125 High St, Hungerford RG17 0DL
Butler House, High St, Maidenhead SL6 1PY
4, 5 Market Square, Marlow SL7 3HH
43 High St, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1AA
18 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes MK9 3AH
68 Bradwell Common Blvd, Bradwell Common, Milton Keynes MK13 8RN