19,500 pharmacists have bee trained to listen for a codeword spoken by domestic abuse survivors in the year since the scheme was launchhed.

One year ago Boots launched the Ask for ANI scheme in partnership with the Home Office and Home Secretary Priti Patel visited the Boots store at Piccadilly Circus to speak to pharmacists about how they have been able to help victims of domestic abuse access vital support through the scheme.

Ask for ANI allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support.

ANI is a codeword for Action Needed Immediately. By asking for ANI a trained pharmacy team member 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 helplines.

The scheme has been introduced to complement the Safe Spaces initiative by the crisis charity Hestia and their UK Says No More campaign.

The scheme is now available at over 2,200 Boots stores as well as other community pharmacies. In the 2020-21 financial year, Boots trained over 19,500 pharmacy team members as part of their support for the Home Office Ask for ANI scheme and all new pharmacy team members are given Ask for ANI training.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Any form of domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime and this government is both increasing support for victims and ensuring that perpetrators feel the full force of the law. Today I want to thank Boots and all the other pharmacies up and down the country which have been involved in the Ask for ANI scheme during its successful first year. The scheme is a great example of government, businesses and charities working together and has provided vital assistance to numerous victims of domestic abuse in all four corners of the UK.”

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