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New Law Gives Beauty Workers Tools to Fight Domestic Violence

Posted on in Domestic Violence

DuPage County family law attorneysWe have all seen the tropes in movies and on television of regular clients at a beauty salon or barbershop. They come in for their cut, color, or style, and carry on a very familiar conversation with their stylist or barber. Unlike other media depictions, this type of scenario is extremely common in the real world. Many people—and especially women—come to view their regular hairdresser as a trusted friend and confidant. Thanks to a new law in Illinois, that trust will soon take a drastic step forward as licensed beauty workers have been tapped to join the battle against domestic violence.

Measure Amends Current Licensing Laws

Last summer, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that requires licensed beauty workers—including hairdressers, braiders, barbers, cosmetologists, nail technicians, and others—to participate in domestic violence awareness training as a part of their licensing requirements. Initial training will be required for workers looking to obtain a license for the first time. For those who are currently licensed beauticians, an additional hour of ongoing domestic violence education will be added to the requirements for renewal every two years.

The law, which became effective on January 1, 2017, is being heralded as the first of its kind in the nation. Illinois currently licenses about 88,000 beauty workers, many of whom are at a loss when a client shares stories about abuse or domestic violence. Stylists are also often the only ones in a position to notice bruises and scars hidden by victims’ hair. The new training will help beauty workers recognize symptoms of domestic violence and give them information about resources that can be passed on to clients in need.

Not Mandated Reporters

It is important to note that licensed beauty workers will not become mandated reporters as a result of the new law. Industry officials were initially concerned that mandated reporting—as is required for teachers, counselors, and medical professionals—would create liability issues for salons and salon workers. Beauty professionals across the state, however, realize that while they are not required to report suspected abuse, having the right resources and tools will allow them to help their clients. “I’m glad people look at us as more than just a hairstylist,” said one Illinois hairdresser, “because there really is a lot more to than just doing hair.”

Seek Legal Help

If you have been the victim of domestic violence or you fear that domestic abuse could soon become a reality in your life, contact an experienced Lombard family law attorney for help. Our compassionate team can help you find the resources you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Call A. Traub & Associates at 630-426-0196 today and let us assist you in finding the security you deserve.

 

Sources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-hairstylists-domestic-violence-met-20161216-story.html

http://wbay.com/2016/12/31/new-law-requires-illinois-hairdressers-to-get-domestic-violence-support-training/


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