NYSCADV, NYSCASA and RISE Inc. Team Up with Local Pharmacies to Support DV and Sexual Assault Survivors
Pharmacies and drug stores are one of the few readily-accessible, essential service businesses open during New York’s shelter-in-place restrictions. That’s why NYSCADV, NYSCASA and RISE Inc., collaborated with pharmacists and pharmacy owners to support DV and sexual assault survivors who frequent their businesses.
NYSCADV, NYSCASA and RISE Inc., developed posters, flyers and information cards about available services and resources for victims. These materials have been posted on a private webpage accessible by pharmacy owners, pharmacists and staff. Once copied, they are being displayed throughout the businesses, near entrances, at drive-through windows, in waiting areas or on pharmacy counters. All of the materials include information about available resources, such as the NYS Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and hotlines for COVID-19 testing, mental health support, unemployment, etc.
Pharmacists and pharmacy owners are also encouraged to make contact with the Domestic Violence, sexual assault and victim service providers in their community to enhance their understanding of the local services available. NYSCADV, NYSCASA and RISE Inc., will soon be hosting a webinar with DV and victim service providers to review the pharmacy materials and initiative, and discuss best practices for collaborating and enhancing relationships with community partners such as drug stores and pharmacies. More details to be provided soon!