West Norfolk hair and beauty workers to be offered training in spotting signs of domestic abuse
Hairdressers and beauty therapists in West Norfolk are being encouraged to undergo training in how to spot signs of domestic abuse and what to do about them.
County council officials are hosting an event in Norwich next month which aims to advise professionals in those areas on what to say if they are told about abuse or see signs of injury.
Nationally, two women are murdered every week by a current or former partner.
One in four women and one in six men also experience domestic abuse.
Christen Williams, who co-ordinates the county council’s Domestic Abuse Change programme, said: “Visiting hairdressers or beauty therapists gives many people a unique opportunity to converse and open up with somebody outside their social circle.
“People in these positions have a role in supporting their clients with a range of issues, including domestic abuse. It is vital they are supported in recognising signs of domestic abuse, and knowing how to approach it.”
Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the council’s communities committee, added: “Domestic abuse is regrettably widespread across Norfolk, and it’s so important that we take every opportunity to raise awareness of this subject.”
The training event will take place at Blackfriars Hall, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, on Monday, February 11, between 6.30 and 8pm.
Anyone interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.