get training to deal with clients' domestic violence
By Marie Christensen
April 6, 2006 | During a one-hour hair appointment,
cosmetologist Mandy Blauer gets to know her clients
pretty well. From recent births to struggles in relationships,
sometimes she hears it all.
"You get to know their family and you know the problems
that their other family members are having," Blauer
said. "Some of them get down to the nitty gritty."
Although these conversations may seem harmless, the
"nitty gritty" in these people's lives may be examples
of domestic violence. A person's hair stylist may be
their only outlet for relief.
"The people that sit in our chairs tell us things
that they wouldn't tell their own mother," said Rosalind
Wood, owner and president of New Horizons Beauty College
"We see lumps and bumps that people don't usually
But now cosmetologists throughout the state are receiving
training on what to do when their clients disclose personal
information that shouldn't be ignored. It's called Cut
It Out -- a free program that provides domestic violence
training for salon students and professionals in Utah,
according to www.attorneygeneral.utah.gov/cutitout.html.
"It gives an outlet to information about the domestic
violence hotline so [people] can call and get help,"
Blauer said who is now a domestic violence trainer for
Cut It Out. "It gets rid of the myths that are happening
Through the program, one of 14 different trainers
throughout the state provide a training session in a
classroom setting that provides all the information
cosmetologists would need about domestic violence. Since
the program began in May 2005, more than 800 students
and professionals have been trained, said Coleen Staples,
Cut It Out program coordinator.
"This program teaches you how to recognize domestic
violence and how to respond to a client that may disclose
information to you," Staples said. "This is not a training
program of how to be a therapist; [cosmetologists] are
in a position to see a pattern of abuse."
Domestic violence is defined as abusive or violent
behavior through word or action inflicted by one member
of a family or household on another, according to answers.com.
Brandy Farmer, a survivor of and specialist on domestic
violence said there are many resources for victims of
"By educating people, they start to realize how big
of a problem domestic violence is," she said.
Cut It Out focuses on training students at beauty
colleges throughout the state because these are the
people who will be working in the cosmetology field
in the future, Staples said.
Last week, students at New Horizons received its second
training from the Cut It Out program, from Blauer.
"I think it's a very much needed program and we've
been looking from something, and when this came up we
just jumped on it," Wood said. "I think it gives everybody
an opportunity to look at things from a different light."
Wood is so happy with the Cut It Out program that
she plans on giving the same training to her students
every nine months indefinitely. Blauer said this time
of year is when most people request training and she
is constantly looking for more colleges and businesses
that would be interested.
For more information about the program, visit www.cutitout.org
or http:// attorneygeneral.utah.gov/domesticviolence.html.
For information about domestic violence, call 1-800