Help for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Ask for ANI is a scheme to help victims of domestic abuse that can be accessed within pharmacies.

ANI (Assistance Needed Immediately)

What is Ask for ANI?

– During the Covid-19 period many victims of domestic abuse will have found themselves more isolated and may be finding more difficult to access help and support.

– The Government is launching the ‘Ask for ANI’ domestic abuse codeword scheme to help victims access emergency support in the community.

– Victims will be able to use the codeword ANI (Assistance Needed Immediately) in pharmacies to let staff know that they require an emergency police response or help contacting a helpline or specialist support service.

– Participating pharmacies will display posters in their window and around the shop to let customers know that they can approach their staff to seek help.

– When a victim uses the codeword or asks for help, the member of staff will ask the victim to accompany them to the consultation room. They will then check whether the victim is in danger and wants the police to be called.

– If so, the staff member will offer the use of a phone to dial 999 or make the call on the victim’s behalf.

– In some cases the victim may not need emergency help and the staff member will assist them to contact a national domestic abuse helpline or local support service.

– They may also contact the police via 101.

Which pharmacies will be participating in Ask for ANI?

Participating pharmacies will display posters like this to show that they are operating the scheme:

What do you need to do?

If a pharmacy calls 999 to say that the ANI codeword has been used, police should take the following action in addition to normal procedures:

Call handlers;

– The use of the codeword ANI on a 999 or 101 call should alert call handlers that help from the police is required by a victim of domestic abuse.

– Call handlers should request relevant information from the caller, including their location and conduct a THRIVE assessment of the level of response required.

– A priority response should be the default, unless the assessment suggests that is not appropriate.

– The call handler should record that an Ask for ANI codeword call has been received

– Officers should be dispatched to the pharmacy in line with the response.

Officers attending an ANI call;

– Officers should follow normal procedures and guidelines for responding to a domestic abuse call out, including completion of a DASH risk assessment.

– If the codeword user has left the pharmacy before police arrive, police should work with the pharmacy staff to assess whether any immediate safeguarding action is needed.

– The pharmacy will not collect personal information about the victim.

Funding Opportunity

Men’s Mental Health Community Fund

Grants are available from the Suffolk and North East Essex Men’s Mental Health Community Fund for projects to improve men’s mental health, to reduce the risk and incidence of suicide amongst men in high risk groups.

·            Men in the care of Mental Health Services, including inpatients
·            Men working in specific occupations such as the construction industry, rural and agricultural sectors
·            Men in other high-risk groups – BAME, LGBQT, Veterans, Homeless and rough sleepers
·            Men in contact with the criminal justice system
·            Men who are survivors of domestic/sexual abuse
·            Men with a history of self-harm

If you have an idea about a project that supports and/or works with men in any of the following high risk groups, please contact Karen Tedder-Ward – karen.tedderward@cvstendring.org.uk or call 01255 425692 in the first instance to register an interest and to discuss the funding available. 

This funding opportunity has been brought to our attention via the CVSTendring e-bulletin. You can request to receive CVST’s e-bulletin at http://www.cvstendring.org.uk/contact-us.html

Thank you Tendring CPT

The Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel would like to thank Essex Police and especially the Tendring Community Policing Team for all of their proactive hard work in these challenging times.

Nigel Spencer, Chair of the Panel said “Just because there’s a virus doesn’t mean crime stops or precautions shouldn’t be taken!  Our local community police are demonstrating positive policing at its best.”

You can find out more about Tendring CPT’s work in the community as well as dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EPTendring

You can also see the numbers of incidents Essex Police deal with locally at https://www.essex.police.uk/a/your-area/essex/tendring/harwich-and-manningtree/ You can also voice your concerns on this page to help Tendring CPT deal with issues affecting your community.

Local Covid-19 alert is now high

Today Essex, except Thurrock and Southend, moved to a high alert as the next stage in managing Covid-19 locally. This introduces more restrictions on movement and socialising compared to last week.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:

“We welcome the Government’s announcement regarding Essex moving to the High local Covid alert category, which is clear recognition of the severity of the situation we find ourselves in as a county, and indeed across many parts of the country.

“We think the Government has decided correctly, guided by the science and the fact is that the number of cases in Essex is rising exponentially.

“We understand that the move to the High local Covid alert level may affect people’s lives and businesses and understand the very strong feelings about this. However, we have a duty of care to the people of Essex, and we firmly believe that this is the best route to minimise disruptions, to save lives – not just for those with the virus, but for other patients as well – and to protect businesses.

“More information is available on the GOV.UK website around specific restrictions which apply to the High level category.

“These are difficult times for individuals, businesses and communities, but I know that as a county we will come together to support and protect one another – as we have done previously – and that acting sooner rather than later to curb the spread of Covid is the right thing to do.” 

You can also find out further information about local arrangements from this Essex County Council webpage.