The CUT IT OUT® program has provided a wonderful, creative way to address one of the most persistent obstacles to helping victims of domestic violence - finding them and giving them a safe way to seek help.

             - J. Joseph Curran, Jr., Former Maryland Attorney General



About the CUT IT OUT® Program

CUT IT OUT®: Salons Against Domestic Abuse is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the U.S. by building awareness and training salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources.


Why the Salon Professional?

Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship between salon professionals and their clients and co-workers, salon professionals can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see.

Research shows that most battered women never call the police or go to a shelter. However, they do usually talk about the abuse with someone they trust. Because salon professionals are skilled and experienced listeners who are personally interested in those around them, many victims suffering from abuse feel comfortable confiding in them - even if they would never tell anyone else. For an abused woman, the salon may be an ideal environment to seek out help because it may be one of the few places she is allowed to go without her abuser.

With proper training on how to recognize the signs of abuse and safely refer victims to help, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in the fight against domestic abuse.



CUT IT OUT® was originally created by The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham and the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a statewide program. In March 2003, the National Cosmetology Association took the CUT IT OUT® program nationwide, training hundreds of salon professionals since. Today, CUT IT OUT® is a program of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Foundation.


Professional Beauty Association (PBA): PBA advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty
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