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New Law Gives Hairdressers the Tools to Fight Domestic Violence

 Posted on January 24, 2017 in Domestic Violence

Naperville domestic violence lawyerBeauty workers such as hairdressers, stylists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians often get to hear some of the most intimate details about the lives of their clients. There is something in the atmosphere of a salon and the connection with their stylist that makes some people—usually women—comfortable enough to share very personal stories and experiences. Sometimes, however, a client will talk about a situation which leads her stylist to wonder if the client has been the victim of domestic violence or abuse. When this happens, the hairdresser may not know what to say or do, but a new law in Illinois in intended to give beauty workers the tools to help clients in need.

Licensing Requirements

Last summer, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that amends the licensing requirements set forth in the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985. Beauty workers whose licenses are issued by the state will be required to undergo domestic violence awareness training in order to qualify for a renewal of their licenses. The same training will also be required for those looking to obtain their licenses for the first time.

The intent of the new law is help provide beauty workers with information and resources regarding domestic violence and abuse. The training will help them know what signs and symptoms to look for, and offer guidance about when to step in and take action. It is important to note that the law does not make licensed beauty workers mandated domestic violence reporters. They will face no civil or personal liability if they choose not get involved. However, by giving such workers new tools, the law hopes that they will be ready to point potential victims in the right direction to get help.

New Allies

There are an estimated 88,000 licensed beauty workers in the state of Illinois, with more applying for their licenses every year. The new law—which took effect on January 1, 2017—promises to help each one of them become a valuable part of the battle to reduce the effects of domestic violence throughout the state. Reaction from within the industry has been largely positive, as most beauty workers see the value of having the resources to pass along to abuse victims.

If you have been victimized by domestic violence or abuse, you may feel like there is nowhere for you to turn. Contact an experienced family law attorney in DuPage County to get the help you need right away. Our team can put you in touch with community resources and will work with you in obtaining legal protection. Call 630-352-2240 for a free consultation today.


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