Victims of domestic abuse can now access much needed help and support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK. During lockdown, victims may become more isolated making it more difficult to reach out for help.

Ask for ANI Poster

The Ask for ANI (Assistance Needed Immediately) scheme, which was launched by Home Office, allows those who are at risk or suffering from domestic abuse to discreetly signal that they need help by asking for ANI at local pharmacy. A trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can find out whether the victims needs to speak to the police or access support services, such as local domestic abuse helplines. If the victim is in danger, the staff member will offer the use of a phone to dial 999 or call on the victim’s behalf.

As pharmacies are an essential retailer based on many high streets and in communities across the country, with specially trained staff, they can provide a safe space for victims during lockdown who otherwise may not be able to leave home or get help in any other ways if they are isolated with their abuser.

Participating pharmacies will display promotional material in store to signal that they are participating in the scheme and that their staff will know what to do should a customer use the code word. Any information shared will be treated confidentially.

The scheme will initially be available through Boots stores across the UK as well as some independent pharmacies but there is an ongoing sign up process open to all pharmacies. There is also a list of participating stores in North Wales below.

 

Store Number
 
Type of pharmacy
Name
Address
Locations

253

Boots

Colwyn Bay Station Rd

32-34 STATION ROAD, LL29 8BU

Colwyn Bay

297

Boots

Caernarfon Pool Lane

1-3 POOL LANE, LL55 2AL

Caernarfon

299

Boots

Holyhead Market St

29 MARKET STREET, LL65 1UN

Holyhead

364

Boots

Welshpool Broad St

16-17 BROAD ST, SY21 7SD

Welshpool

366

Boots

Newtown High St

20-21 HIGH ST, SY16 2NU

Newtown

380

Boots

Rhyl High St

49-51 HIGH ST, LL18 1EN

Rhyl

421

Boots

Mold 19-21 High St

19-21 HIGH ST, CH7 1AZ

Mold

434

Boots

Denbigh High St

36-38 HIGH ST, LL16 3RY

Denbigh

443

Boots

Llandudno Victoria Ctr

9 VICTORIA CENTRE, LL30 2NG

Llandudno

455

Boots

Llandrindod Wlls Vctr Hs

VICTORIA HOUSE, LD1 5BB

Llandrindod Wells

458

Boots

Aberaeron Bridge St

5A BRIDGE STREET, SA46 0AP

Aberaeron

465

Boots

Flint Church St

58 CHURCH ST, CH6 5AE

Flint

476

Boots

Shotton Chester Rd

7-9 CHESTER ROAD WEST, CH5 1BX

Deeside

482

Boots

Ruthin Stryd Y Castell

STRUD Y CASTELL, LL15 1DP

Ruthin

487

Boots

Llangefni High St

4 HIGH ST, LL77 7LT

Llangefni

678

Boots

Abergele Cae Ethin AP414

PHARMACY, NORTH WALES BUSINESS PARK, LL22 8LJ

Abergele

922

Boots

Bethesda Hc AP479

CANOLFAN FEDDYGOL YR HEN ORSAF MEDI, LL57 3NE

Bethesda

1045

Boots

Aberystwyth Terrace Rd

55-57 TERRACE ROAD, SY23 2AF

Aberystwyth

1294

Boots

Llandudno Quns Rd AP1294

17 QUEENS RD, LL30 1AZ

Llandudno

1668

Boots

Bangor Gw 277 High St

277-279 HIGH STREET, LL57 1PD

Bangor

2037

Boots

Wrexham Eagles Meadow

EAGLES MEADOW, LL13 8DG

Wrexham

2051

Boots

Dolgellau Queens Square

QUEENS SQ, LL40 1AL

Dolgellau

2054

Boots

Builth Wells High St

11 HIGH STREET, LD2 3DN

Builth Wells

5415

Boots

Old Colwyn HC AP415

9 BODELWYDDAN AVENUE, LL29 9NW

Old Colwyn

5595

Boots

Llandudno Penrhn B AP595

2 LLANDUDNO ROAD, LL30 3HA

Llandudno

5640

Boots

Colwyn B Rhs Onsea AP640

20 RHOS ROAD, LL28 4PP

Colwyn Bay

5641

Boots

Llanrwst Denbigh AP641

DENBIGH ST, LL26 0LL

Llanrwst

5642

Boots

Llandudno Junctn AP0642

160 CONWAY RD, LL31 9DU

Llandudno Junction

5644

Boots

Llanfairfechan Hc AP0644

PENMAENMAWR RD,LL33 0NY

Llanfairfechan

5774

Boots

Holywell High St AP0774

65-67 HIGH ST, CH8 7TF

Holywell

5959

Boots

Rhyl The Square Hc AP959

57 THE SQUARE FORYD ROAD, LL18 5AU

Rhyl

6111

Boots

Knighton Wylcwm Pl AP111

5 WYLCWM PL, LD7 1AE

Knighton

6132

Boots

Mold 32 High St AP0132

32 HIGH ST, CH7 1BH

#N/A

6408

Boots

Prestatyn Shopping Park

UNIT 6, PRESTATYN SHOPPING PARK, LL19 9BJ

Prestatyn

6434

Boots

Wrexham Rp

RETAIL PK, LL11 2BA

Wrexham

6612

Boots

Llandudno Retail Park

PARC LLANDUDNO, LL30 1PX

Llandudno

 

Independent (one branch)

The Pharmacy Coedpoeth LTD

LL11 3LS

Coedpoeth