Safe Hands at Hair Expo!

Hairdressers Help Clients Experiencing Family Violence!

Hairdressers will learn how to help when they discover their client is in trouble because of family violence at the ‘Safe Hands’ seminar at Hair Expo on Monday 11 June at 3pm. Event coordinator Leanne Cutler of Siren Marketing said that hairdressers hear many client secrets, so have the trust and power to help.

All panellists for the seminar have experience helping their clients and their industry.

Natasha

“I was working with Natasha King in New Zealand and Zoe Wilde in Australia, and both had shot collections that centred on violence in the home,” “Natasha has became an ambassador of the ‘It’s Not OK’ Campaign in New Zealand and now trains hairdressers on how to help. “Zoe is a passionate fundraiser for White Ribbon and is active in her community.” Says Leanne.

“The clincher in deciding to hold this seminar was a chat with my own hairdresser at the time. I asked her if she had any experience with clients in family violence situations. She said that she’d had a client who was only allowed visit the hairdresser by herself, nowhere else. The client would not leave her partner for fear he’d kill her and she was only out of his earshot while at the hairdresser. And that’s when it came to me that we need the knowledge to be able to help more.”

The good news is that the Eastern Domestic Violence Service has already commenced HaiR-3R’s, free family violence training for hairdressers in the Melbourne’s East. Jenny Jackson, Executive Director of EDVOS, will talk about their HaiR-3R’s in-salon training. Another very active advocate and qualified Lifeline counsellor is Jenni Tarrant of Bond Hair Religion in the ACT.

“The hairstylist/client relationship is quite intimate when considering the elements of touch, the time spent together and the conversation that can evolve. It’s important that hairstylists are armed with information to refer clients who are experiencing domestic violence so they don’t take on a counselling role and the negative ramifications that can come with being untrained. To me it’s about helping the client while protecting the hairstylist. It’s about safety for everyone,” Jenni Tarrant said.

Organiser Leanne Cutler said that she didn’t think that hairdressers got nearly enough credit for their social contribution. Hairdressers really do have the power to put clients on the right track to a happier life.”

“Seeing the bruises or learning of a client’s horrific situation is not an everyday occurrence but when it happens, being prepared to know how to respond and what to do next could change or even save a life.”
The seminar is free but advance bookings through the Hair Expo site are essential. Donations will be gratefully accepted for the Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre which offers a 24/7 assistance.

“At this point, thanks go to advocate Rosie Batty of the Luke Batty Foundation for steering me in the right direction in the beginning, Hair Expo for venue support and for printing the 1800 RESPECT help line number in the program, Claire Maher for her support and of course, the amazing panellists who already help.”