Safe spaces for domestic abuse victims  

People living with domestic abuse will now be able to access safe spaces at Boots Pharmacies thanks to Hestia.

Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact services for help and advice.

The charity said it launched the scheme in response to the ‘desperate situation’ many are facing in lockdown.

MPs said there had been a surge in violence since the lockdown began. Calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline rose by 49% and killings doubled since restrictions on public life were introduced.

Hestia has seen a similar pattern, with a 47% increase in victims reaching out via the domestic abuse app. Bright Sky.

Lyndsey Dearlove, from Hestia, said: “We know there is an increased level of uncertainty for people looking to escape an abusive relationship. Self-isolation offers a new method of control over victims, making it very difficult for them to seek support.

“Although we ae in a period of lockdown and isolation, our message to victims is domestic abuse services are open and we can help you.”

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Rosebery Housing Association Limited is a charitable registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registered No. IP27671R. Registered Provider LH4026.
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