Safe places if you’re experiencing domestic abuse

Recently, a range of “safe places” have been established if you’re experiencing domestic abuse and need help while you’re out and about.  These have a range of purposes, from providing direct support to you, or helping you have free and easy access to local or national helplines. So in Somerset what are these safe places?

Supermarkets

  1. Morrisons

Consulting rooms in pharmacies in 117 Morrisons stores have designated safe spaces where Morrisons pharmacists – who have been specially trained – can direct those seeking help to the support they need. 

Information about the safe spaces and where to get help is shared on posters and till receipts in all 494 Morrisons stores.

Banks

  1. Natwest

In participating branches posters will show that they can provide help about domestic abuse. 

You can also find information on how they can help you if you’re experiencing economic (financial) abuse online at https://personal.natwest.com/personal/life-moments/financial-abuse.html 

  1. Lloyds

Many of their staff have been trained to help refer clients into their Domestic and Financial Abuse Team. Ask at your branch or visit 

https://www.lloydsbank.com/help-guidance/customer-support/financial-abuse-support.html 

  1. HSBC

They can also help you if you’re experiencing domestic abuse – Visit https://www.hsbc.co.uk/help/money-worries/financial-abuse/ 

  1. TSB

Visit https://www.tsb.co.uk/supporting-you-domestic-or-financial-abuse/

Pharmacies

  1. Boots
  2. Superdrug
  3. Many other local independent pharmacies

You will either see posters advising what to do, or can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room or their “Safe Space”, where you then will be able to contact services for help and advice.

Online Safe Spaces

Online Safe Spaces, delivered in partnership between UK SAYS NO MORE and Royal Mail Group, web pages with information on specialist domestic abuse support services, national helplines and other resources. The web page does not appear in Internet browsing history.

Online Safe Spaces are currently accessible through the Royal Mail, ParcelforceeBay and Post Office external websites, and on Ministry of Defence’s internal Intranet.

By clicking on the Safe Spaces logo on each of these sites, you will be automatically taken to an Online Safe Space and presented with information and resources on domestic abuse.