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Serious talk in the salon


Hairdressers to help cut family violence

A GROUNDBREAKING program will see hundreds of hairdressers helping fight domestic violence.

In an Australian first, hairdressers will be given early intervention training to help talk to women in the salon who might be experiencing violence or abuse.

The Eastern Domestic Violence Service trialled the HaiR program in the Yarra Ranges last year and will introduce it in six other areas from July, including Knox.

EDVOS executive director Jenny Jackson said hairdressers would have training to recognise signs of family violence and respond with empathy and belief.

She said hairdressers would not act as counsellors but would refer clients in need to professionals.

“Women establish relationships and confide in their hairdresser,” Ms Jackson said.

HaiR was started following a recommendation to the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence .

Similar programs have run overseas for about 10 years, with five US states making it compulsory for hairdressers to have family violence training.