By: TC Newman
A new Illinois law will train hairdressers and barbers to identify the signs of domestic and sexual abuse.
Hair professionals will be required to take a one-hour class every two years. They will be taught the physical signs to look for, and the proper ways to support survivors.
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Unlike teachers, stylists are not required to report abuse. But lawmakers want hair professionals to have resources and crisis groups to direct victims to.
Illinois is banking on the fact that salons are often a safe space for people to express concerns. The new law will take effect on January 1st, 2017.