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People suffering from domestic abuse in County Durham and Darlington can now discretely seek help from pharmacy staff taking part in a new scheme - by “asking for Ani”.

The phrase will be code that they are making a call for assistance, with staff at participating pharmacies being trained on the next steps to take.

Boots stores across the county are taking part and other participating pharmacies will display posters to show they are also available to help – with the scheme being rolled out across County Durham and Darlington.

All the person who feels at risk needs to do is go to a staff member and ask “for Ani” - an abbreviation for 'assistance needed immediately'.

They will then be provided with a safe space at the branch and a phone to call for help or information on what support is out there.

Find out more here.

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, call police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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