Victim/survivors of domestic abuse can now access safe spaces at Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across Knowsley, where they can find out more about what specialist domestic abuse services are available to them.
The scheme is in response to the national advice around social distancing and staying home as much as possible as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but for some, home may not always be a safe place.
Knowsley’s domestic abuse service, The First Step, have briefed all Boots stores with a consultation room to provide leaflets, posters and contact info for anyone experiencing domestic abuse.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said “It’s fantastic that Knowsley’s The First Step, and a key partner of ours, is supporting our residents who may be experiencing domestic abuse. Throughout lockdown we’ve been clear that victims are not alone and they don’t have to suffer in silence – so this only seeks to further reinforce this message.”
Angela Cholet CEO of The First Step, said: “There are three Boots in Knowsley and we recognise that key workers in pharmacies hold a unique position within the community as a single point of contact for victims. This is a national scheme that we were keen to get involved with in order to offer even more opportunities for victim/survivors to access the help they need.”
Participating Boots in Knowsley are:
- 42 Eccleston St, Prescot L34 5QJ
- 47-49 Derby Rd, Huyton, Liverpool L36 9UQ
- Cables Retail Park, Steeley Way, Prescot L34 5NQ