Training to Spot Abuse

A new law that went into effect Jan. 1 requires licensed beauty professionals in Illinois to complete one hour of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training as part of their continuing education when they renew their licenses. The law applies to barbers, cosmetologists, estheticians, hair braiders and nail technicians.

Shelly Wilson, owner of Nomobo Salon in Chicago, is curious to see how the effects of the new Illinois law will play out as beauty professionals receive the training. “In terms of raising awareness it’s very important—changes usually happen at the local level,” she says.

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