CUT IT OUT is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.
CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse through awareness materials to be displayed in salons, the Adopt-a-Shelter initiative to involve salons in helping local domestic violence agencies, and educating salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to resources.
The educational component of the program consists of a one-hour seminar that is targeted to cosmetology schools, salons, continuing education classes, and similar venues. The seminar provides salon professionals with basic information about domestic violence and specific information about how to respond to a client who might be a victim of abuse.
CUT IT OUTwas initially created for the State of Alabama by The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham. Taken to the national level by the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund, a partnership between Clairol Professional, the National Cosmetology Association, and Southern Living At HOME.
Why the salon professional?
The relationship between a client and a salon professional is usually based on trust built up over time. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship, a salon professional—who often sees a client on a regular basis—can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see. A change in a client’s behavior can also be easily recognized by a salon professional.
Research shows that most battered women never call the police or go to a shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Because salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in their clients, many women suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them—even if the abused women would never tell anyone else. In addition, because a salon is usually an all-female environment, it may be one of the few places that a battered woman is allowed to go without her abuser.
Statistics indicate that one out of every three women is abused at some time in her life. Since salon professionals each see around 200 clients every 4 to 6 weeks, they potentially are in contact with a lot of abused women. They have a unique opportunity to reach victims that domestic violence professionals may never see. With proper training to recognize abuse and to steer victims to help, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in the fight against domestic abuse.
What is Kirtland doing?
Kirtland has invited representatives from the local domestic violence shelter, River House, Inc., to teach the Cut It Out curriculum to its cosmetology students. These students, in turn, will provide the River House clients and staff with free cuts/styles as a way to practice their trade.