Kerry Pharmacies Sign Up For New ‘Safe Pharmacy’ Initiative

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Pictured at Meaghers Pharmacy, Baggot Street in Dublin to launch the ‘Safe Pharmacy’ initiative were: Community pharmacist and Safe Pharmacy participant, Oonagh O’Hagan, Louisa Power HSE Pharmacist, Mary McDermott, CEO of Safe Ireland and Detective Superintendent Sinéad Greene, Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) An Garda Síochána. Picture : Jason Clarke

A NEW initiative to enable people experiencing domestic abuse and coercive control to receive support in their local pharmacy has been launched in pharmacies in Kerry.

Safe Pharmacy, is being led by the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) in partnership with Safe Ireland, An Garda Síochána and the HSE.

So far, 29 pharmacies in Kerry have already signed up to the Safe Pharmacy initiative, from across the county, and the IPU expects many more to get involved.

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It will provide any person who is experiencing domestic abuse with a safe and secure location to seek support. Participating pharmacies will provide access to a phone in a private consultation room and contact details for local support services.

This will allow victims to make that important call, for example, to a family member, local specialist domestic violence services or An Garda Síochána.

Anyone who is experiencing a domestic abuse situation and wishes to seek the support provided is advised to look for the purple Safe Pharmacy sign on the window displays of participating pharmacies.

In the pharmacy they should ask to speak to the pharmacist in the consultation room, this happens multiple times a day in every pharmacy so will not appear out of the ordinary to anyone who is in the pharmacy at the time.

In the privacy and security of the consultation room the person can inform the pharmacist that they require support and this will be provided.

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