A new Illinois law goes into effect in the new year for an innovative approach to combating domestic violence: It requires a state of beauty professionals, learn how to recognize signs of domestic violence and sexual abuse in their clients—and how to deal with conversations about them.
Signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the training that will be delivered to barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders, and nail technicians with a one-hour course, ultimately, the creation of a force of 88,000 salon workers who are equipped to possibly help with the rescue of the residents ‘ lives. The training is an exception: It will be a part of the permit requirements for new pro’s, and those already in the industry in the hour, added to their 14-hour course, required biannual recertification of their licenses.
Americans are agreed at the beginning of 2016 that the combating of domestic violence is a national priority and the beauty industry is a tricky place to focus. Customers and salon workers often have close relationships: after all, how many of us have spilled our last fight with our S. O. to stylists we see every eight weeks? Or told the nail tech about a quarrel with our friend that we don’t agree about our friends?
“There is an openness, a freeness, a relationship that can last years or decades between the client and the cosmetologist,” Frank Hurley, the representative of the state of Illinois, who sponsored the bill, said. “They are in a position to see something, that can’t be good.”
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But the law is careful not to exploit relationships: It is not necessary for stylists to report incidents to the authorities. However, the lawyers hope that it will give to those who are victims of sexual violence and domestic violence a place to convert—after all, many are not reporting to the police.
The idea came to Hurley and State Senator Bill Cunningham of Chicago Says that there is No More, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence. The organization is also thinking about ways to members of other sectors, such as the barmen and-women, who are involved in the training in the future.