A new service to help victims of domestic abuse is being launched in pharmacies around the country.

Safe Pharmacy, led by the Irish Pharmacy Union, involves almost 900 pharmacies who will provide a safe space to anyone who requires it.

It has been described as another pathway to assist anyone who is being subjected to domestic abuse and coercive control.

The pharmacies involved can provide victims with a safe space in a private consultation room and put them in contact with specialist domestic violence services and gardaí.

Participating pharmacies will be easy to identify with a purple 'Safe Pharmacy' sign outside.

The rollout is being led by the Irish Pharmacy Union in partnership with An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and Safe Ireland.

And those involved hope it will give greater access to support for victims in every town and village.

CEO of Safe Ireland Mary McDermott described the importance of it as part of the response to the surge of violence against women and said pharmacies are trusted locations that would provide quality assured access points for victims.

"Pharmacies are trusted locations and Safe Pharmacy is an exemplar of the type of skilled community response necessary to facilitate pathways from violence for women and children," Ms McDermott said.

"Priming competent personnel in local pharmacies to partner with specialist trained services in the locality, will contribute to the emergence and growth of safer communities into the future.

"This initiative provides a mechanism for a standardised, quality-assured, safety access-point offering across the entire country and Safe Ireland commends the IPU for its leadership role in responding to the ongoing surge of violence against women."

Kathy Maher, a pharmacist based in Duleek in Co Meath, said participating pharmacies are located in every county.

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Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, she said if people come in to ask for help, every pharmacy involved will have a safe and confidential room available.

"We know domestic abuse and violence and coercive control is a problem in all our communities, behind doors. It happens to all age groups, both genders, every socio-economic class so it is really important we reach out to those people," Ms Maher said.

"It is visually private, audibly private.

"We want to make sure victims know they will be believed, prioritised and listened to in a non-judgemental manner."

She added that pharmacists have received additional training in advance of offering this service and it will be accessible to people without appointments.