From Friday 1st May, Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact local services for help and advice.

It’s been launched by charity, Hestia, following an increase in calls to domestic violence helplines, since lockdown.

Devon’s regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, saw a 62 per cent rise in the number of reports to them during April. 

If you need help, please call Victim Support on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside of these times, call Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111. You can now also access Victim Support’s free live chat for 24/7 support.

In an emergency always call 999.