Cosmetologists and manicurists are among some of the most trusted professionals out there, so it comes as little surprise that they encounter opportunities to help people with personal situations. One of the challenges that many clients hint at is domestic abuse. Many of them don’t know how to bring it up, who to ask for help, or what can be done. We’ve partnered with Human Options to provide training to over 100 of our manicurists to help them identify signs of domestic abuse and provide resources for help.
What is Human Options?
Human Options is a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. The organization is reaching out to salons and beauty schools throughout Orange County, California to teach beauty professionals how to identify common signs of domestic violence. Advance Beauty College has partnered with Human Options to teach over 100 manicurists these skills so that they can refer clients, friends, and family to local resources when they recognize signs of abuse.
Why Teach Beauty Professionals About Abuse?
Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of these relationships, salon professionals can often spot signs of abuse that others may never see. Research shows that most victims of domestic violence rarely call the police or go to a shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Salon professionals are usually skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in those around them, so many victims suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them.
The state of California passed legislation in 2017 to support more beauty schools in teaching their students about domestic abuse. California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 326 which allows the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) to promote awareness among salon professionals about domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and elder abuse. This law has made this education more available so more people can be helped. The BBC licenses and regulates over 550,000 professionals, so this allows the impact to be widespread.
Many people also do not realize how big of a problem domestic abuse can be. The National Domestic Violence Hotline indicates that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape or physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. That means that 24 people per minute are victims of these crimes per minute, or 12 million people over the course of a year. The problem is more prevalent than many people realize, so providing training to enable beauty professionals to recognize it in their clients can make a big difference.
Why Beauty Professionals Care
Learning to spot the signs of domestic abuse can help anyone throughout their lives, but it is particularly important for beauty professionals to learn. This is because they are trusted by their clients, and the clients will often say more about their lives than they would tell anyone else. Aside from that, beauty professionals frequently choose a career in beauty because they love working with other people and helping them. Getting this training on how to help domestic abuse situations is a way that beauty professionals can make an even bigger impact than with a manicure or haircut.
Help Others Through Advance Beauty College
Manicuring, pedicuring, skincare, and other services are an excellent way for you to help other people. Not only can you help people look and feel their best, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of your clients. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our beauty programs!