Updated: Jun 29
Despite the title, this blog isn't about PPE. Behind the Mask is a free online training resource for the hair and beauty industry, helping to spot the signs of domestic abuse and guide us how to respond in the best way.
I undertook this training, knowing that 1 in 4 women experience abuse from a partner or ex at some point in their life, and the chances are that one of my clients could be that one. I was shocked to hear that 2 women sadly die per week as a result of domestic abuse and during lockdown this has alarmingly risen to 5. Domestic abuse can take place in different forms, emotional, physical, sexual harassing, coercive or controlling behaviour.
Hairdressers are great listeners and we love hearing your news; a job promotion, house move or children's achievements. We enthuse and celebrate as if its our own news. Clients feel comfortable talking and confiding in us, unburdening themselves during their appointments telling us things they might not even reveal to friends and family. We, as your hairdressers are in a unique position to spot the signs and reach out.
I won't lie, this course was difficult to undertake because it made me feel very sad that domestic abuse is still so prevelant and whilst I am not a counsellor by any stretch, its given me the confidence to support my clients and signpost to further help and resources available.
Behind the Mask is a free online training resource for the hair and beauty industry. Visit www.behindthemask.online for more information.