raising awareness and creating change

Building understanding and supporting women

Gippsland Women’s Health and Wellington Shire Council have collaborated to deliver The Hairdressers Project, an information session tailored to local hairdressers and beauty therapists to build their awareness and understanding of violence against women. Violence against women is a significant problem in Australia. It is the leading cause of death and injury in women under 45, with at least one woman murdered by her current or former partner every week in Australia (Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, 2018).  Violence against women is driven by gender inequality but it is preventable. Read more

The Sale-based pilot of The Hairdressers Project was held in August, with three salon owners and their staff learning how to recognise violence against women, acknowledge women’s experiences and assist women to access local specialised support.

Participants stated that the session provided them with a better level of awareness to help guide their clients and friends to the appropriate professional help. One salon owner said, “The link between hairdressers and identifying domestic violence is surprising at first but obvious the more you learn about it. As hairdressers we often have very close relationships with our clients and hear stories and notice physical and emotional changes.”

The project is now expanding and all hairdressing and beauty salons in Wellington are invited to attend an information session on Monday 8 October. If you are interested, register your attendance on the GWH Facebook event, visit www.gwhealth.asn.au or contact Jan Tracey, Gippsland Women’s Health on 5143 1600 for further information.

Wellington Shire Council supports salons to understand VAW

If you or a friend is experiencing family violence or have experienced sexual assault seek support, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) the 24 hour national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service.

The Hairdresser Project © Gippsland Women’s Health 2018