Hairdressers and beauty therapists offered free training around domestic abuse
Hairdressers and beauty therapists in Norfolk are being encouraged to sign up for training in how to spot signs of domestic abuse.
Norfolk County Council is offering free, basic training around the topic.
It will seek to teach attendees what to say if a client discloses domestic abuse or shows signs of physical or non-physical abuse.
In the UK, one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse.
Two women are murdered each week, while three take their own lives.
Dora Vasileva, owner of D&G Hairdressers in Diss, said she was interested in signing up for the training.
“Years ago, I had a client open up to me about her abusive husband,” she said. “She had a lot of bruises on her arms and legs and she used to hide from him under the kitchen table.
“I think explaining to us which signs to look out for is a good idea.”
Other hairdressers and beauty therapists in the town welcomed the initiative.
Alastair Jubbs of VAE Hair in St Nicholas Street, said: “I feel the hair salon is an excellent place to deploy a safety network like this and to educate stylists to notice signs of abuse.
“If we can offer a safe environment where our clients feel confident enough to discuss any such matters even slightly, we can get closer to helping people who really need it.”
Beautician Andrea Orton, of Craft Aesthetics in Victoria Road, has experienced clients opening up to her about abuse and traumatic situations.
She said:”Many people undergo terrible physical and emotional abuse and, as a person within those industries, you will come across several people that open up to you about it. The unfortunate thing is that many others won’t.”
She added: “I feel that this should be rolled out to other complementary therapists.
“During my previous training as a massage therapist, I remember the topic was covered quite discreetly without any real insight into how to deal with victims of domestic abuse or even those emotionally stressed.”
The free domestic abuse training takes place in Blackfriars Hall, St Andrews Hall, Norwich, on Monday, February 11.
Doors will open at 6pm and the event will finish by 8pm.
To book a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org.