Friday, January 6, 2017

Illinois Provides Training for Hairstylists to Spot Domestic Violence

Hairstylists in Illinois have stepped up to become a force for domestic violence prevention. In a new first-in-the-nation law, the unique relationship between a woman and her hairdresser is recognized as a possible information source for people who are victims of domestic abuse. Salon workers will be required to take one our of training every two years to recognize the signs of abuse and assault and will have a list of resources to which they can refer clients for help.

For women living with abuse, oftentimes a salon is one of the few places she can go where her abuser is not present nor does he question her need to be outside the home.

With Donald Trump acting as a role model for men who sexually assault women, and his macho hierarchical attitudes toward women being praised by his supporters, we are glad to see domestic violence prevention take a progressive step.