Boots is extending support to domestic abuse victims during COVID-19 by turning its in-store consultation rooms into safe spaces with the aid of UK crisis charity Hestia's UK Says No More campaign. According to Hestia, there's been a 47% increase in victims reaching out for advice via its domestic abuse app Bright Sky since the lockdown started. Those who are looking for an escape from an abusive relationship are able to visit a safe space in Boots pharmacies and contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice.
As Hestia’s Head of UK Says No More Lyndsey Dearlove describes, "We recognize that key workers in pharmacies hold a unique position within the community as a single point of contact for victims. By creating this safe space in Boots pharmacies, we hope many will be able to safely access support while following government guidelines."