Salon Professionals Learn to Recognize Signs of Domestic Abuse and Support Clients

The Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties will host an educational seminar in partnership with CUT IT OUT, a program designed to instruct salon professionals how to recognize warning signs of domestic abuse and safely refer clients to local resources. The session will take place October 17, 2011 from 9:00am–12:00pm at the American Red Cross Building, 501 West Market Street, Akron, OH. 44303.

The mission of the Battered Women's Shelter is to lead the community in the prevention of domestic abuse by providing emergency shelter, advocacy and education throughout Summit and Medina Counties, all in an effort to break the cycle of abuse and help promote peace in every family.

The CUT IT OUT program is another unique way for the agency to reach out to those who are living with domestic abuse. Salon stylists will be taught to spot the signs of domestic abuse and listen to what clients may be saying about being victimized or possibly in danger. Often women tell their stylists things they don't even tell their families. The format for the seminar includes discussion, a video with role-playing scenarios, and lecture and group activities. Salon professionals are not expected to serve as counselors but, by providing access to literature and other resources, act as a vital link to programs that can help victims.

The Gerber Akron Beauty School and the Gavin Scott Salon & Spa will partner with the Battered Women's Shelter to host the event. All are committed in assisting in the fight against the epidemic of domestic violence by educating salon professionals to be resources for information, as well as loyal confidantes. Continuing education credits are also available for participating in the program.

CUT IT OUT is a program sponsored by The National Cosmetology Association (NCA), Clairol Professional, and Southern Living At HOME. Founded in 2003, the program has since expanded to all 50 states and Australia. To date, more than 40,000 salon professionals have been educated through CUT IT OUT. Ohio first became active in the program in 2004 and has endorsed the program through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Ohio law enforcement agencies reported receiving more than 70,000 domestic dispute calls, about 40,200 of which resulted in domestic violence or related charges in 2010. Unfortunately, because domestic violence is an underreported crime, the number of incidents is known to be much higher.

For more information on CUT IT OUT, call (330) 860-5635 or visit the website at www.scmcbws.org. The Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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