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.

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,

You can also see the numbers of incidents Essex Police deal with locally at You can also voice your concerns on this page to help Tendring CPT deal with issues affecting your community.

Do you believe that abusing older people is wrong?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June #WEAAD
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June #WEAAD

If so then join our latest initiative to raise awareness about elder abuse.

In 2017, “1 in 6 older persons were subjected to abuse. That means nearly 141 million people globally.”United Nations

With lockdowns and reduced care, violence against older persons is on the rise. Most abuse is not reported.

Our new Crime Prevention Panel annual initiative is supported by:
· United in Kind, Tendring
· Home Instead
· Speak Up Now UK.

Follow these three simple steps to make your pledge to prevent elder abuse:

1. Make your promise
I Promise to prevent and stop elder abuse wherever I can;
I Promise to never knowingly break the trust of an older person;
I Promise to learn as much as possible about elder abuse;
I Promise to educate work colleagues, friends and family about elder abuse.

2. Download your free certificate
Download your free World Elder Abuse Awareness certificate.

3. Tell us
Tell us you’ve promised via our contact page.

‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’ – Helen Keller

Find out more

See our Do you know the signs of Elder Abuse? post.

Report your concerns if you think an adult in Essex is being abused to the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board.

Facebook Live Q&A

Essex Police Tendring are hosting live monthly Q&A sessions on their Facebook page. The next one will be Wednesday 26th February 7pm – 8pm. You can find out more about this event and the other dates at Essex Police’s events page

You can see the post below for the questions asked of Sergeant Heard in January’s Q&A session. Sergeant Heard also informed us that Inspector Darren Deex will be answering your questions live on 26th February.

Hello Sergeant Heard here from the Harwich Community Team. I am ready to take your questions!

Posted by Essex Police – Tendring on Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Community Safety Development Fund 2019/2020

Do you have an idea that helps prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Essex? Would you like up to £20,000 to help make your community project a reality?

If yes and your project supports the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s priorities then you can apply in the third round of the Community Safety Development Fund.

The PFCC’s Police and Crime Plan priorities are:
• Providing more local, visible and accessible policing
• Cracking down on anti-social behaviour
• Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse
• Reversing the trend in serious violence
• Tackling gangs and organised crime
• Protecting children and vulnerable people
• Improving safety on our roads

Find out more and apply by 31st January 2020 via the Essex PFCC’s website.

Below is an example of a project that previously received funding from the Community Safety Development Fund.