Should salon workers be trained to spot domestic abuse?

- Nail and hair salon workers, as well as barbers, can have a close relationship with their clients. Some New York City Council members want to use that special relationship to help victims of domestic violence.  Under a proposal being drafted, employees would be trained to recognize signs of domestic violence, such as bumps, bruises, welts, and hair loss.

Salon workers would be able to give their clients contact information for domestic violence organizations.

Stephanie Nilva is the executive director of Day One, an organization to help prevent domestic abuse. She said that getting more information to people in the community is a great idea. But she is concerned about the limited domestic violence training the workers would receive. It is about an hour every two years.

Dorchen Leidholdt is the director of the legal center for the Sanctuary for Families, which helps domestic violence victims. She supports the proposal.

If workers don't take the training course, the proposal includes a fine. Leidholdt said that money should be given to organizations to help domestic abuse victims.

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