BEHIND THE MASK
Updated: Jul 6
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT OK...BUT SADLY HAPPENS SO OFTEN!
1 in 4 women will experience abuse from a partner or ex-partner at some time in their life and 2 are killed each week. They may be our clients, colleagues – even family and friends.
Seeing the signs, offering a kind word and providing information on how to access professional support may change or save someone’s life.
As a survivior of domestic violence and abuse I felt this training was really appropriate.I have completed this training so that I can maybe help to spot the signs that someone is experiencing domestic abuse and respond in the best way. It’s not about intervening or interfering, but knowing how I can truly help someone who may really need it.
In the beauty industry we are renowned for being experienced listeners and it’s no surprise that many people feel comfortable talking and confiding in us about things that they would never tell anyone else. We often feel like counsellors as people unburden themselves during their treatments though most of us are not professionally trained in this field! We’re being empathetic. We’re being human.
Our relationship puts us in a unique position to be able to notice signs of abuse and offer help. It may be the only opportunity someone has to be on their own whilst they are in our space where they may feel safe. We can give them a chance to reach out for help or we can suggest where help can be found, when they feel ready for it.
We are really well positioned to sensitively and safely refer clients or colleagues – even family or friends – to resources that are best placed to help them.
DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE!