Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

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Pharmacies as Safe Spaces

Following the news that Boots are now offering their consultation rooms as Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse, we have had confirmation of three local pharmacies following in their footsteps.

A huge thank you goes to the following pharmacies for their quick adoption of this scheme:

  • Painswick
  • Badhams, Churchdown Medical Centre
  • Lloyds, Rowcroft

Any other pharmacies needing advice or support on how to become a DA safe space, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Male Victims

As cases of DA rise, and numbers of victims increase, it is important to remember that this includes male victims.

Male victims face many of the same barriers to disclosure as women do, whether their perpetrator is a man or woman – fear of not being believed, fear of judgement, fear of losing contact with their children – for example.

Male victims will be facing similar issues during lock-down to women victims and the risk to them will increase, as it is with all victims of abuse. Calls to the ManKind Initiative helpline since 30th March 2020 remain 35% higher than normal (pre-lockdown).

Our advice to professionals is to follow the guidance we have released in previous newsletters, and remember that help and support is out there for anybody experiencing abuse, or working with victims. Please get in touch via the website if you need any further information.