PEOPLE working in hair and beauty salons, barbers, tanning studios and tattoo or piercing shops in Tameside are being offered free training to help spot the signs of domestic abuse.
The two-hour training called ‘Cut It Out’ is being put on by Tameside Council.
It will help provide those taking part with the tools to identify factors of domestic abuse, approach clients in sensitive situations and where to signpost them for local support.
‘Cut It Out’ was first launched in Norfolk following the death of Kerri McAuley, who was killed in 2017 by her abusive partner.
Before her death, Kerri had disclosed to her hairdresser that she was the victim of abuse and reached out for support, but the seriousness was not realised.
Domestic abuse includes a range of abusive behaviour – such as physical, sexual, financial, psychological and emotional. It can happen to anyone regardless of gender or sexuality, race, age, background or upbringing.
The training is open to all staff of hair and beauty salons, barbers, tanning studios, tattoo, piercing shops and similar businesses across Tameside.
There will be two sessions at Dukinfield Town Hall on Wednesday, September 20, from 10am to midday and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, as well as at Hyde Town Hall at the same times on Tuesday, October 31.
It comes as the council recently relaunched its ‘Open Up’ campaign with the aim of reaching men experiencing domestic abuse who need support in Tameside, enlisting the help of local cricket clubs.