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18 June 2018

Hairdressers Learning to Support Clients Experiencing Family Violence

Seminar has far reaching effect


One woman is killed every week through family violence and

police are called every two minutes due to family violence in Australia.



Hairdressers learnt how to support their clients in need because of family violence at the Safe Hands seminar at Australia and New Zealand’s largest conference of hairdressers, Monday 11 June at Hair Expo.

Hairdressers from almost every State and Territory and New Zealand attended the seminar that cause an electronic media buzz earlier in the day and a viral social media afterward.

The seminar live steam attracted 211 on the day and more than 600 views since.

That morning ABC Radio National and Melbourne concurrently broadcast interviews and Channel 9 screen the news of hairdressers being trained to support on its 4pm and 6pm bulletins and online.  The following day, the Today Show’s live interview was watched by millions of views and online post has attracted more than 3,200 views so far.

“The attendance and online response proves that hairdressers need and want to  know how to handle a situation in salon when the client is in need because of violence at home,” event organiser, Leanne Cutler said.

“Just yesterday I heard from a hairdresser who had a client die at the hands of her ex-partner,” she said.  “Sadly, it really does happen and hairdressers want to sleep at night knowing that they’ve said and done the right thing”

Currently, the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS – in Eastern Melbourne is running free training for salon professionals through the Victorian State grant and are currently campaigning the Federal Government to fund a national salon professional training program.

Their program called the Hair-3Rs (Recognise, Respond and Refer) has been delivered to 150 hairdressers throughout Victoria so far.

EDVOS Executive Director Jenny Jackson said that all salon professionals increased knowledge and confidence in how support a client and most of them advised they had used skills to support clients within weeks.

Anyone wishing to either complete the training in Melbourne or express interest elsewhere should contact Mandy Hudson at EDVOS on 03 9259 4282 or email:

Thanks go to Hair Expo and our panellists who give strong support to the cause and are ambassadors to the campaign to stop family violence and any other abuse. 

The panellists were:

  • Jenny Jackson – EDVOS (– HAIR-3R’s free in-salon training helping hairdressers to support clients (Melbourne Metropolitan Region)
  • Amelia Stone – Safe Steps 24/7 Helpline - Victoria
  • Natasha King – Fred’s Hair, New Zealand – It’s Not OK Ambassador
  • Jenni Tarrant – Bond Hair Religion, ACT – anti-abuse ambassador and trained counsellor
  • Zoe Wilde –Zoe Wilde Hair Artistry, Albury - anti-violence campaigner and fundraiser


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