I am so pleased to be a part of EDVOS’s new training program for hairdressers: HAIR3RS. It is a workshop for hair stylists and beauty therapists, designed to help us recognise the signs of family violence in our clients. It provides appropriate and safe ways to respond to these signs, and details on how to refer clients who may be experiencing family violence onto an appropriate service that can help them.
Although no identities or genders are left out—everyone is very much covered in the training criteria—the core of the training program is how gender inequality is the driving force behind family violence against women.
EDVOS Filming at Delilah
My relationship with EDVOS started with a phone call. I had heard that the training program HAIR3RS had been developed in Australia. This followed very successful programs a couple of years ago in the United States, New Zealand and the Nordic countries. The training has been tailored by EDVOS to suit an Aussie climate. With over 90% of my clientele being woman,EDVOS had my attention.
A relationship quickly developed between myself and the incredible EDVOS team. They understood that the subject matter is very close to my heart and felt my enthusiasm. They needed to shoot their own marketing video to bring this training to the wider Australian hairdressing community, as they had been running off overseas pilots. To my delight, they asked if they could shoot the video at Delilah!!!
We spent a whole day at the salon shooting the video. I had the privilege of meeting other incredibly inspiring hairdressers who had already completed the training and loved it! I also did a radio interview on The Law Report.
With a taste of what was to come, I quickly organised a group of 10 hairdressers to spend 2.5 hours on a Monday morning at Delilah to complete the training. A big thank-you to my crew, particularly Georgia from Cast Salon, and the gang from The Rumours Are True Salon in Flemington.
What is Family Violence?
Mandy from EDVOS ran a fantastic training program for us. We learnt so many things about gender inequality and family violence. We discovered things that touched our hearts and surprised us, particularly as when we think about family violence, we often think it’s all physical. People tend to forget that family violence is also:
HAIR3RS training is not designed to turn hairdressers into counsellors, or to make our jobs extra hard. Instead, it is designed to give hairdressers more support in having the conversations we already have with our clients. It provides better knowledge around referrals, and gives us the tools to help our clients seek professional support services that can help.
Upon completing the HAIR3RS training, I feel much better equipped to spot the signs of family violence, respond to the situation and refer the person to the appropriate services that can help.
Training of this type needs to become part of the hairdressing college education curriculum. Gender inequality also needs to be taught in schools. An understanding of equality start in the home, with your family and children. We need to raise better adults.
Let’s create a world without family violence. Together, I know we can.
For more information on the HAIR3RS program, or if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, please contact EDVOS on 9259 4200.