New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers is inviting local hairdressers and barbers to participate in a “Cut it Out” training, designed to help salon owners and employees identify signs of domestic violence and target clients who need resources.
The free virtual training, conducted by the PBA Foundation (Professional Beauty Association) CUT IT OUT: The Beauty Community Against Domestic Abuse, will be held on dates and times compatible with the availability of interested registrants. Stylists and barbers who wish to participate in training should call New Horizons at 608-791-2610, extension 1309, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the PBA, stylists, beauticians and makeup artists “are in the ideal position to recognize when something is just not right for their customers”. Signs of distress can include bruising, cuts, guilt tendencies, abrupt changes in lifestyle or irregular behaviors.
“Salons are often one of the few places that victims can share with security and confidentiality and that need help,” says PBA.
The training will cover recognizing signs of abuse among colleagues, clients, friends or family, responding empathetically and discreetly and safely referring them to organizations like New Horizons, which serves women, men and youth in seven counties in Wisconsin and Minnesota .