MIL-OSI Translation: The Canton of Vaud launches a label to identify pharmacies that offer support in the event of violence

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Source: Swiss Canton of Vaud – news in French

Press release

State of Vaud

Published on November 20, 2023

The Canton of Vaud is launching for the first time in Switzerland a label which makes it possible to identify pharmacies where victims of violence can find support and advice. This label is awarded to pharmacies which have chosen to train sufficient staff through online training developed by the Office for Equality between Women and Men (BEFH) and the Directorate General of Health (DGS), in partnership with the Société Vaudoise de Pharmacie. In October, 416 people, including 321 pharmacists and 95 assistants, were trained in the detection and referral of victims.

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Nearly half of the violent offenses recorded in the Canton over the last 8 years have been committed in the context of a couple or family relationship. Women still remain over-represented among those injured, at 70%. In this context, the Office for Equality between Women and Men (BEFH) and the General Directorate of Health (DGS) have set up online training for pharmacists and their employees to improve accessibility to help or support for victims of domestic violence. To date, 321 pharmacists have been trained, in training or registered to follow the course, as well as 95 pharmacy assistants.

From November, pharmacies which have trained more than two people in their teams can obtain a label which identifies them as a place where victims can go without an appointment to seek help and advice on the solutions put in place by the Canton for them. The certified pharmacy has received training which allows it to better understand the problem of violence in the couple, to identify the indicators of the suffering experienced by the victims, to know the legal provisions allowing to protect the victims, and finally the support services available. In order to guarantee the quality of service, certified pharmacies will be subject to periodic review by the cantonal pharmacist, who will carry out the necessary checks, particularly when renewing the operating authorization.

This label will also allow victims to identify pharmacies where they can find welcome and resources to escape the domestic violence they are experiencing. The Vaudoise Pharmacy Society (SVPh) is a partner of this labeling and ensures its promotion among its members. As for registration with the label, it is done with the cantonal pharmacist.

The project has attracted keen interest from different cantons. To date, a training transfer agreement has been signed with the cantons of Geneva and Neuchâtel, and discussions are underway with other public authorities.

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