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DUP East Belfast MP and Home Affairs spokesperson, Gavin Robinson has welcomed the roll out of the nationwide codeword scheme for domestic abuse victims to indicate they need help. The launch of the “Ask for ANI” scheme was formally launched by the UK-government today and follows a similar initiative introduced by Hestia in May.

Commenting Mr Robinson said:

From today, victims and survivors of domestic abuse can discreetly ask for ‘Ani’ at their local Boots pharmacy and they will be taken to a private consultation room where trained staff will assist them in getting the specialist support that they require.

This is an incredibly important and timely announcement by the UK government and participating pharmacies. I have received confirmation that the ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme has been rolled out across all the Boots Pharmacies in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, we know that for some, home isn’t a safe or secure environment and that is accentuate during lockdown when contact with others is limited.

This is a welcome step forward in improving support and safety within our own communities. I would urge other local independent pharmacies to look into adopting this scheme to ensure we widen the safety net of support for those who need it most”