VICTIMS of domestic abuse are being reminded that they can discreetly signal for help from the safety of a pharmacy.

Many pharmacies across Dorset are participating in the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) scheme.

Victims of domestic violence can use the codeword 'ANI' in participating pharmacies, including all Boots stores and some independent pharmacies in Dorset to let staff know that they require an emergency police response or help with contacting a helpline or specialist support service.

Pharmacies which are taking part will display posters with this distinctive hand symbol to let customers know that they can approach their staff to seek help.

Find out more about Ask For ANI at the website

The website also lists pharmacies across Dorset that are taking part in the scheme.