October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the district attorney in Collin County wants to make a key group of people aware of the warning signs.
Greg Willis and his office are hosting a "Cut it Out" luncheon to train hair stylists to notice signs of domestic violence and safely refer clients for help.
Samantha Ramsdell has been doing hair at That Elegant Touch in McKinney for 13 years.
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Clients trust her with their looks, and sometimes their secrets.
"We give advice all the time. We're here to listen," Ramsdell said.
Soon, it will be her turn in the chair as a student, learning to spot the signs of domestic abuse.
"It really excites me to know that I would be educated and able to help them in any way that they need it," she said.
Ramsdell is one of dozens of stylists signed up for the "Cut it Out" course.
"I think it's important to a lot of people. There's an extra component with me. Growing up, I experienced some of this, and I saw the effects of it, and I want to do everything I can to help other people and their children to avoid it," Willis said.
Gossip may come with her territory, but Ramsdell admits she would be clueless if a client in an abusive relationship came to her for help.
"I could offer them a shoulder, give them comfort, and that's about it," she said.
It's a skill she will soon sharpen to provide a service needed now more than ever.
Salon professionals from all over Collin County are invited to attend "Cut it Out" training. It will be held Monday, Oct. 2, at The Landing - Myers Park & Event Center, located in McKinney at 7117 County Road 166.
The event is free.
Those interested in attending the luncheon or scheduling a "Cut it Out" training are asked to contact Collin County District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information regarding Monday’s program, click here.