Americanize Me
Featured Series: Americanize Me
In this Newsy original series, we travel the country — from the border towns of Texas to Dearborn, Michigan — to uncover the deliciously rich stories behind the foods we love.

Support At The Salon: How Abuse Victims May Find Help

New legislation in Illinois requires salon professionals to complete domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training.

New legislation in Illinois could provide victims of domestic violence or sexual assault help in an unexpected place.

Under an amendment to a 1985 cosmetology act, barbers and other salon professionals will be required to complete one hour of domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training.

The training will teach the professionals how to recognize signs of abuse and offer resources to their clients.

"If in fact the hairdresser sees something — sees wounds, sees bruises ... he or she might be able to get that victim to speak out," said former Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

The law applies to cosmetology professionals like hair stylists, nail technicians and skincare specialists. While it's intended to provide a safe space for victims, stylists will not be held criminally responsible for failing to report abuse.

Experts from a Chicago-based group helped design the salon training program known as "Listen. Support. Connect." The group is a coalition of agencies called Chicago Says No More, which provides domestic violence and sexual assault education and resources.

For resources on domestic violence and sexual assault, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline and 1in6

Featured Stories
Chicago skyline

What Are The 2 Chicagos?

Donald Trump and Swedish flag

Trump Clarifies 'What's Happening' In Sweden

Japanese-Americans registering for work, under the Work Corps plan for evacuees

75 Years Ago: An Executive Order Sent 120,000 Japanese Into Internment

Now Watching
Support At The Salon: How Abuse Victims May Find Help
Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Social Issues Coverage