The Hair & Beauty Industry and their Role in Identifying Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is not a private matter. It is a crime and kills over two women a week in England and Wales. We should not stand by or accept violence against women, domestic abuse or sexual violence in our communities.
In line with this message, Calan DVS has teamed up with CarmDAS and Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre to highlight the potential role that those working in the hair and beauty industry can have in identifying signs of domestic abuse among their clients. Along with our partner organisations*, we have also been delivering free online training , designed to teach about domestic abuse is and what those in the beauty industry can do to recognise the signs. By participating in this training, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in reducing the impact of domestic abuse as well as being aware of where they can signpost clients to get help.
Why the Beauty Industry?
According to the Hair and Beauty Industry statistics, in 2020, there were more than 43,000 hair and beauty businesses in the UK. For many domestic abuse victims, hairdressers and beauty salons are safe, female-only spaces where they’re at ease with the stylists or beauth consultants that they trust. Therefore, salon professionals are in a unique position to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients. In fact, 83% of people working in hairdressing and barbering and 94% of people working in beauty are female.
What’s more, over two-thirds of hair and beauty businesses employ fewer than five people and 94% employ fewer than 10 people. This low number means those working in this industry build close relationships with their clients, which in turn means they are ideally placed to identify signs of domestic abuse.
Don’t Be A Bystander
Professionals working to raise awareness of domestic abuse within Wales and a survivor or domestic abuse have recently launched the ‘Don’t be a Bystander’ Podcast which talks about the importance of this initiative and how the beauty Industry can support this approach.
Click on the links below to listen to these important messages in the Don’t be a Bystander Podcast featuring information from experts by experience and specialist organisations:
If you’re a hair or beauty practitioner and you believe a client may be a victim of domestic violence or abuse there are a number of services which you can signpost including Welsh Government’s Live Fear Helpline which is available 24/7. Don’t be a bystander – call today!
*The organisations involved in this campaign include Calan DVS, Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services, West Wales Domestic Abuse Services, Montgomery Family Crisis Centre and Threshold DAS. To find out more about this campaign, you can contact these organisations on the numbers below: