If you are a pharmacy or other public establishment looking to become a Safe Space, please scroll down.
Find out which pharmacies are Safe Spaces here.
What is a Safe Space?
UK SAYS NO MORE is working with with Boots UK, Superdrug pharmacies, Morrisons pharmacies and independent pharmacies across the country to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.
These Safe Spaces increase the opportunity for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support, providing a space for them to phone a helpline, contact a support service or talk to a friend or family member.
Their consultation rooms are open and ready for you to use. Inside, you will find will information on how to access specialist domestic abuse services.
How to access a Safe Space?
Walk into any Boots UK store, Superdrug Pharmacy, Morrisons Pharmacy, or one of the independent pharmacies involved in the scheme, go to the healthcare counter and ask to use their Safe Space.
The pharmacist will show you to the Safe Space. Once you are inside, all the specialist domestic abuse support information will be available for you to access, and you can make that call safely.
Find out where your nearest Boots pharmacy is using their store locator.
Find out where your nearest Superdrug Pharmacy is by using their store locator, and ticking the ‘Pharmacy’ box.
Find out where your nearest Morrisons Pharmacy is by using their store locator. Under the ‘opening hours’ section, it will list whether the store near you has a pharmacy, and its opening hours.
See which independent pharmacies are signed up to the Safe Spaces scheme here.
You can help us raise awareness of Safe Spaces.
Download the Boots UK social media toolkit, Superdrug Pharmacy social media toolkit or Morrisons social media toolkit, complete with social media graphics and suggested posts, and post about the scheme online.
Become a Safe Space
Any pharmacy can become a Safe Space
Pharmacies hold a unique position as a single point of contact for victims of domestic abuse.
If you are a pharmacy, you can become a Safe Space today. Simply follow these steps:
Open up your consultancy room as a Safe Space for victims of domestic abuse.
Talk to your staff.
Ask them to download the Bright Sky app for information on local support services
Download and ensure they read the Safe Spaces Toolkit. This is a guide to facilitate a Safe Space and enable your employees to confidently respond to disclosures of domestic abuse in your community.
Familiarise your staff with the phrases ‘I need to access the consultancy room or Safe Space’. When accessing a Safe Space, to minimise public disclosures, victims may use one of these phrases.
If a customer presents themselves to you with one of the above phrases, show them to your Safe Space so they can access information on specialist domestic abuse support services.
Email email@example.com to notify us that you have become a Safe Space.
Promote your Safe Space to your local community via social media, and use the hashtag #WhatICanDo
UK SAYS NO MORE’s Safe Spaces initiative is delivered alongside UK’s Pharmacy bodies.
If your question isn’t answered on this web page, please email your Pharmacy Body for further information.
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, the Government has guidance on how to get support. If you’re in immediate danger, always call 999.
UK SAYS NO MORE’s Safe Spaces scheme with pharmacies began as a response to rising concerns around domestic abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Safe Spaces scheme will continue beyond lockdown.