Research shows that many people who are being abused by a family member do not go to police. Women and men in abusive relationships will often talk about the abuse with someone they trust before seeking help from outsiders such as police or going to a shelter. Salon professionals are in a really unique position when it comes to recognizing signs of violence in their clients as well as their co-workers. They often have good relationships with these people and are experienced at listening to others. Most people spend a large part of their appointments talking with their hairdresser or regular spa professional. Salon professionals often know personal and intimate details of many of their clients’ lives. The spa is also a good environment for a victim to seek help because she may feel very comfortable there and is normally alone, away from her partner.
When salon and spa professionals are aware of how to recognize common signs of domestic abuse, they can then be better equipped to respond to the situation. Offering safe referrals to help as well as an ear with which to listen, salon professionals can be incredibly valuable supports in the lives of the survivors. They can be key players in the fight against domestic abuse.
Take the time to read through these signs of domestic abuse that are specifically geared toward salon professionals.
- Bald spots, indicating that hair has been torn or pulled out
- Hair frailty or brittleness due to stress
- Difficult with keeping appointments, often rescheduling
- Unusual or unexplained bruising
- Bruising or cuts in the scalp area or hairline, often in different stages of healing
- Being accompanied by her partner to all appointments. Partner often waits, possibly even outside in the parking lot.
- General mobility issues doe to tenderness, soreness or other internal injuries not seen from the outside.
- Frequent illness and stress-related issues such as migraines, backaches, stomach pains, eating or sleeping disorders
- Appears isolated from family and friends
- Strong emotions or behaviour that seem out of character
Click here for more warning signs and ways to help a victim of domestic violence.