The Government Delegation against Gender Violence (DGVG) and the Collegiate Pharmaceutical Organisation have disseminated a new protocol for Spanish pharmacies in the face of gender violence, a document that is part of the collaboration developed by both entities and contemplated in the agreement signed in July.
The aim of this protocol for community pharmacies is to help detect the first signs of violence and to know how to act in the event of a possible case. This is a document on which both entities have been working for some time and whose content has been agreed by consensus.
In fact, this protocol is intended to be a tool to facilitate and guide pharmacists in the face of any form of gender-based violence. The path that victims will have to follow to get out of this situation of violence will be long and complex, but whenever they need it, they should know that the pharmacy wants to be a point of support for all of them.
Specifically, this protocol is the best proof of the firm decision of the entire pharmacy profession and the DGVG to join forces in the same direction: to eradicate violence against women.
In this regard, the Government Delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell Aguilar, stressed that “the prevention, comprehensive protection and eradication of gender violence is a task that concerns society as a whole. Pharmacy offices and all their staff are an essential and accessible service for all women, an ideal place to ask for help to obtain qualified information, provided by professionals and by the DGVG”.
For his part, Jesús Aguilar, President of the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacists, pointed out that “pharmacists, as the most accessible healthcare professionals to citizens, and community pharmacies, thanks to their strong social and territorial roots, are an extraordinary sensor and resource from which to promote actions that help women who are victims of gender violence to take the step of reporting it. The prevention, comprehensive protection and eradication of gender violence is a task that concerns society as a whole”. She added that “for our part, pharmacists have demonstrated during this pandemic that we are an essential and accessible service for all women, an ideal place to ask for help to obtain qualified information, provided by professionals”.
You are in a safe place
“You are in a safe place: When faced with a situation of gender-based violence, we help you” is the slogan of the new campaign in pharmacies to inform, prevent and raise awareness of violence against women.
This action has been disseminated and distributed among pharmacies throughout the country, through the Associations, and has a poster with the slogan “You are in a safe place”, which shows the different channels to turn to in case of needing information or assistance, as well as the resources that are available to victims in case of aggression (telephone 016, email, WhatsApp). The campaign materials have also been adapted to the different co-official languages of the country.