More and more cosmetology professionals have sought ways to help clients suffering domestic violence and support their communities. Therefore, a program called Cut It Out was developed. This program was originally designed for statewide use in Alabama by the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Cut It Out is now nationally recognized as an intervention program on its own by the National Cosmetology Association.
If you’re like me, then your hairdresser knows more about your deepest darkest secrets than even your best friend. Sometimes our hairdressers become our main confidant. Sometimes they see aspects of our lives that others do not. Like the bruises we are trying to hide underneath our hairline from getting hit in the back of the head, or how our shoulders tense up when they ask how the family is doing. They may notice how our demeanor changes as the appointment comes to a close. All subtle hints that something might be wrong, that a hairdresser looking at our direct reflection in her/his mirror may notice.
How Cut It Out can help
Nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States.
According to national research, domestic abuse survivors are not always comfortable confiding in police or entering into an emergency shelter. In many cases, survivors are worried they won’t be believed or that their abuser will find out, making them even less safe.
There may be things about a person’s life that a hairdresser knows that no one else knows. And hairdressers come in contact with domestic violence in a unique way. We need to be mindful as a community that we are also supporting our local hairdressers in the work they are doing to reduce domestic violence in our communities.
The Cut It Out program also offers resources to community members on how they can support survivors of violence.
- Know your local resources that work tirelessly to end domestic violence. You can find your agency’s coalition to end domestic violence here
- Save the phone number to National Domestic Violence Hotline in your phone in case you or someone you know needs it. The phone number is 1-800-799-SAFE
- Believe the person disclosing their abuse history. It takes a lot of time and courage to share such intimate details of our lives with someone.
Are you a salon professional that would like to become a Salon against Domestic Violence? Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is here to help! Contact us to book the Cut It Out training session at your salon. 780-963-8583 pic.twitter.com/n1ha33xCw9
— Stony Plain FCSS (@stonyplainfcss) November 1, 2018
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