CUT IT OUT is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund
dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of
domestic abuse in communities across the United States.
CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse through awareness
materials to be displayed in salons, the Adopt-a-Shelter initiative to involve
salons in helping local domestic violence agencies, and educating salon
professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to resources.
The educational component of the program consist of a one-hour seminar that is
targeted to cosmetology schools, salons, continuing education classes, and
similar venues. The seminar provides salon professionals with basic information
about domestic violence and specific information about how to respond to a
client who might be a victim of abuse.
CUT IT OUT was initially created for the State of Alabama by The Women's
Fund of Greater Birmingham. Taken to the national level by the Salons Against
Domestic Abuse Fund, a partnership between Clairol Professional, the National
Cosmetology Association, and Southern Living At HOME.
WHY THE SALON PROFESSIONAL?
The relationship between a client and a salon professional is usually based on
trust built up over time. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the
relationship, a salon professional - who often sees a client on a regular
basis - can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see. A
change in a client's behavior can also be easily recognized by a salon
Research shows that most battered women never call the police or go to a
shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust.
Because salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are
personally interested in their clients, many women suffering from abuse feel
comfortable confiding in them - even if the abused women would never tell anyone
else. In addition, because a salon is usually an all-female environment, it may
be one of the few places that a battered woman is allowed to go without her
Statistics indicate that one out of every three women is abused at some time in
her life. Since salon professionals each see around 200 clients every 4 to 6
weeks, they potentially are in contact with a lot of abused women. They have a
unique opportunity to reach victims that domestic violence professionals may
never see. With proper training to recognize abuse and to steer victims to
help, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community
partners in the fight against domestic abuse.
ENROLLING AS A FACILITATOR
In August 2006, CUT IT OUT distributed over 2,000 comprehensive
educational seminar kits designed to train DV community service providers to
conduct CUT IT OUT seminars within their local communities. The kits
were targeted to outreach coordinators and were sent to all members of the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, all state coalitions, and all
If you are a service provider who received a CUT IT OUT seminar kit,
please click here to enroll as a
If you are a service provider who did not receive a seminar kit, but would like
to order free posters and safety cards to distribute to salons in your area,
please click here. If you are interested in
learning more about the seminar kits and qualifications for becoming a CUT IT
OUT Facilitator, simply check "other" on the "Contact Us" page and in
the "General Comments" field give a brief description of your agency, your
credentials and your personal outreach experience. We will respond to your
email as soon as possible.
ORDER SEMINAR HANDOUTS
If you are a service provider who received a CUT IT OUT seminar kit and
you have enrolled as a Facilitator, please click here to order Participant's Guides, posters, and safety cards for your class. Please
be sure to check each item that you need and indicate the quantity for each in
the "General Comments" field of the order page.
SEMINAR ACTIVITY REPORT
In order for CUT IT OUT to grow and continuing spreading awareness in
the media of the epidemic of violence, it is vital that we collect information
on all of your seminars. To report your activities, please click here for a
Seminar Report form.
CUT IT OUT! TOOLKIT
Samples of the documents can be downloaded for you to customize for seminar purposes. Click here to view the CIO toolkit materials.