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UK abuse victims given ‘Ani’ code word to ask pharmacists for help

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People at risk of domestic violence during lockdown will be able to signal they need to speak in private

People at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus lockdown will be able to seek help discreetly by giving a code word to pharmacists, under a UK-wide scheme launched by ministers.

If someone asks for “Ani” at one of the participating pharmacies, they will be given the chance to go to a private space to talk, to see if they need help from police or other services such as domestic abuse helplines. The name is an acronym for “action needed immediately”.

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