Hairdressers unsure as to how they can help when clients confide in them about instances of family violence may benefit from a free Hair Expo seminar, Safe Hands, which will run at the event on Monday 11 June at 3:00pm.
The seminar, organised by Leanne Cutler, will feature hairdressers Zoe Wilde (NSW), Jenni Tarrant (ACT), and Natasha King (NZ), as well as Jenny Jackson, the Executive Director of Melbourne’s Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), all of whom have experience with domestic violence training and awareness.
“The hairstylist/client relationship is quite intimate when considering the elements of touch, the time spent together and the conversation that can evolve. It’s important that hairstylists are armed with information to refer clients who are experiencing domestic violence so they don’t take on a counselling role and the negative ramifications that can come with eing untrained. To me, it’s about helping the client while protecting the hairstylist. It’s about safety for everyone,” Jenni Tarrant said.
“Hairdressers really do have the power to put clients on the right track to a happier life”, added Leanne. “Seeing the bruises or learning of a client’s horrific situation is not an everyday occurrence but when it happens, being prepared to know how to respond and what to do next could change or even save a life.”
The seminar is free to attend, but advance bookings are essential. Donations will be gratefully accepted for the Safe Hands Family Violence Response Centre, which offers a 24/7 assistance.
To see more on this seminar, head here.
Hair Expo supports 1800RESPECT, the National Counselling Service for Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence. Call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au if you or someone you’ve encountered in the salon is impacted by family violence or assault (in New Zealand, call 0800 456 450). In an emergency, call 000.