Christina Rees, MP for Neath, is highlighting the importance of ‘No More’ Week, an international campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse. The ‘UK Says No More’ charity has collaborated with Boots UK, Superdrug pharmacies, Morrissons pharmacies and independent pharmacies across the UK to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.
To access a Safe Space, walk into any participating pharmacy in the UK and ask at the healthcare counter to use their Safe Space. Once in the consultancy room, you will find displayed specialist domestic abuse information to call a helpline, support service or someone you can trust.
Christina Rees is a member of the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), a growing network of employers that come from a wide variety of sectors who work collectively to create innovative tools and resources to better support their employees affected by domestic abuse.
People looking for Safe Spaces near them can visit: https://uksaysnomore.org/safespaces/
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, said:
“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on victims of domestic abuse, with victims trapped at home with their abusers and support networks cut off. As lockdown continues it is imperative to make sure that victims of domestic abuse know where to go to get the support they need.
“No More Week is a really important campaign, raising awareness of the Safe Spaces available to people in the community. Lots of businesses in Neath have signed up and it is vital that people are aware of these refuges, so be sure to check where your closest Safe Space is on their website.
“The Welsh Government is doing all it can to ensure people have access to support services through the Live Fear Free helpline, which can be reached on 0808 80 10 800, and by supporting the police in tackling domestic abuse cases. But we know that the effects of this pandemic will be felt for years to come, and a concerted and sustained effort is essential to support the services available and rethink how we can best protect people as we move Wales forward to a safer future.”