EALING and Southall branches of Metro Bank have been declared Safe Spaces after staff received training in dealing with domestic abuse victims.

Safe Spaces are part of the UK Says No More campaign and a global awareness week from March 5-12.

No More calls for the end of domestic and sexual abuse which impacts nearly two million people every year in the UK.

UK Says No More is working with a number of high-street businesses, including Metro Bank, to provide private space for people experiencing domestic abuse without being monitored.

Metro Bank has run a pilot across several of its stores.

From last Wednesday, March 1, 48 Metro Bank stores – including Ealing and Southall – have offered the Safe Spaces scheme.

It gives anyone experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse the opportunity to call a helpline, support service or loved one.

“We want to be able to support anyone who wishes to use our private Safe Space to help them plan the next stages of their new life,” said Ealing Metro Bank manager Taran Ruprah.

Anyone wanting to find the nearest Safe Space to their home should visit https://uksaysnomore.org/safespaces

Metro Bank’s is at The Townhouse, The Broadway, Ealing, and (for Southall) Hayes Bridge Retail Park.