Irish Daily Mail

Hairdresse­rs to be trained to spot domestic abuse victims

- By Lizzie May

HAIRDRESSE­RS and beautician­s across Ireland will be trained to spot customers who show signs of being domestic abuse victims.

The training is part of a scheme called Shear Haven, first launched by US salon owner and domestic abuse survivor Susanne Post.

Staff will be tested after completing several 20-minute online courses, and will also receive a certificat­e to show they are qualified to spot the signs.

The training will help salon staff recognise abuse but also have a conversati­on with the person to let them know they’re in safe hands.

Shear Haven is expected to launch in Ireland and the UK later this year, with about 25,000 hairdresse­rs across the world already trained.

Ireland has seen a huge increase of domestic abuse during the lockdown. Last year Women’s Aid reported that 29,717 people contacted it for help, up 43% on 2019.

Welcoming the initiative, the CEO of Women’s Aid, Sarah Benson, said: ‘We are currently in close contact with industry representa­tives to comprehens­ively support the hair and beauty sector to recognise and respond to domestic violence against their clients.’

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