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Florida stylists watch for signs of domestic violence

There are some people who provide services but who also become friends. Many people have a favorite server, bartender or barista who always seems to remember their favorite menu items and understand their personal troubles. This is why some states have begun training beauty professionals to look and listen for signs that their customers are victims of domestic violence. Some in Florida wonder when such a program will be funded statewide.

Local domestic violence crisis centers willingly provide workshops for stylists and salon owners who want to learn what to look for and how to handle victims who come to them. However, no effort has been funded by the state since 2004. Some in the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have promised to consider the matter, but until then, many stylists take it upon themselves to offer support to their clients.

Stylists know they are trusted with a great deal of personal information when customers sit in their chairs. Since about one in four women are victims of domestic violence, it is likely stylists will encounter some of those women in an average week. With proper training, they would know the signs of physical and emotional abuse and be able to recommend the proper steps a person can take to escape the abuse.

Those in Florida who suffer from domestic violence can find assistance with a family law attorney. They can learn what steps to take to gain positive results. An attorney will have the resources to provide protection for those who feel endangered by a volatile relationship.

Source: wtsp.com, "Stylists work to cut out domestic violence", Kendra Conlon, Jan. 4, 2017

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