Hairdressers and barbers called to recognise domestic violence

Hairdressers and barbers called to recognise domestic violence

Local hairdressers and barbers are being called on to take part in free domestic and family violence training so they can recognise the signs of abuse with their clients.

Gladstone Regional Council is teaming up with not-for-profit organisation Hairdressers with Hearts, to train 80 local hairdressers and barbers on how to initiate conversations, what help is available and how to practice self-care.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the program aims to harness the intimate and trusted relationship commonly found between hairdressers or barbers and their clients.

“Hairdressers with Hearts acknowledges that hairdressers and barbers are frontline in the community, and have intimate conversations with clients walking through their doors on a regular basis,” Councillor Burnett said.

“The program trains hairdressers following the Recognise, Respond and Refer principles, and provides them with the tools to handle difficult conversations as well as an accreditation for themselves and the salon they work in.”

Council will also work with the Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) group to tailor information to our region, and create ongoing support for participants.

CCRDFV Secretary Wendy Morris said they were delighted that council was investing in the Hairdressers with Hearts program across our region.

“Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) impacts all sorts of people across our whole community,” Ms Morris said.

“Providing education for local hairdressers and barbers will assist them to recognise clients who may be impacted by DFV, and assist them to find support.

“As Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month was in May, it is wonderful to know that conversations around creating a community free of violence will continue to happen.”

Interested hairdressers, including home and mobile salons, and barbers around the Gladstone Region can contact council’s Community Engagement Centre for registration information on 4976 6300 or


Registered hairdressers and barbers will receive:

  • One registration to complete a flexible online learning program
  • Training Certificate upon completion
  • Digital tile for use on website/e-signature
  • Listing on the Hairdresser with Hearts website as an accredited Hairdressers with Hearts individual or salon
  • Membership decal for salon door or window identifying them as an accredited Hairdressers with Hearts salon
  • Salon starter pack containing Hairdressers with Hearts merchandise including spray bottles, cutting capes, a brochure stand and printed tailored referral resources