Hair stylists in Collin County are now filling a new role that could be life-saving to their clients.
This week, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office hosted a training session for a new program designed to quell domestic violence. Prosecutors are hoping to lean on the long-term and supportive relationships many stylists have with their clients to encourage more abuse victims to open up and seek help, according to The Dallas Morning News‘ Valerie Wigglesworth.
“The research shows that most battered women never call police and they never go to a shelter,” Kim Laseter, chief of the domestic violence unit in the Collin County DA’s Office told the Morning News. “But they usually talk about it, and as a salon professional you’re especially situated to be just that person.”
“Stylists are also uniquely positioned to notice signs of abuse — including bumps, bruises, and scratches — that others may not see.”
As part of the Cut it Out program, salon professionals will be taught how to identify signs of domestic abuse and the steps they should take to respond including how to point victims to resources for help.
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis told the newspaper giving stylists these skills “can help save lives.”
“Stylists are also uniquely positioned to notice signs of abuse — including bumps, bruises, and scratches — that others may not see,” Willis said in a release.
The Collin County DA’s Office will be offering Cut It Out training in local salons during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. To learn more or to schedule a training, contact Collin County District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball at [email protected].