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Ontario women’s centre offers crisis training to hair salon employees

ABOVE: Manicures, haircuts and help for women in Waterloo. Laura Zilke reports. 

TORONTO – The Women’s Crisis Centre of Waterloo region is offering a new course for salon employees to help them recognize signs of abuse.

The program called “Cut it Out” teaches professionals in the salon industry how to notice warning signs of an abusive relationship, how to respond by safely supporting women and provide resources so clients know how to get help.

On its website, the centre says salon employees are in a perfect position because they”work in an environment where women feel comfortable and they develop trusted relationships.”

The first training session begins in early October.

The centre has already approached hairdressing schools to offer this service for those getting into the business.

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