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Cut, curl and courtroom: Hairstylists might see marital issues

Going to the salon for styling and pampering is a regular ritual in the lives of many women. To some, it can feel like a safe space to talk about personal issues that wouldn't be discussed elsewhere. For women in Illinois who are experiencing domestic violence, the salon could be a new place to gain access to resources to improve the situation at home.

New law provides salon workers with resources

On Jan. 1, a new state law took effect that requires cosmetologists to take one hour of training every other year on how to help customers who may be the victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault. The training is now required as part of the license renewal process for all salon employees. 

Salon workers are not required to take action if they overhear someone talking about domestic violence. Instead, it trains them on how to access resources and information such as hotlines and attorneys to potentially pass on to their customers.

What kind of legal help is available?

According to New York Times, one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Understanding the reasons for domestic violence and how to stop is not always easy, this is why many resources are available to victims and survivors.

Awareness of resources is often the first step in prevention. Therefore, a salon employee could be the critical first step in a proactive approach. Indeed, taking legal steps can be an effective way to curb domestic violence. What resources are available to women and their families?

Domestic violence touches many areas of law

Acts of domestic violence and the steps to end it encompass many parts of the law including family, civil and criminal litigation. For women who want a way out of domestic violence through divorce, a family law attorney can help make arrangements related to:

  • Restraining orders.
  • Child custody.
  • Child support and alimony.
  • Divorce and legal separation.
  • Property and asset division.
  • Accessing care to help improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Getting out of a situation involving domestic violence requires a carefully nuanced and comprehensive approach. Starting a conversation with a loved one or an attorney about abuse is not always easy, but gaining resources in a comfortable setting can be the first proactive step.

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