A salon professional often has a uniquely intimate relationship with his or her clients and can serve as a first line of support for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. The New York Times recognized this phenomenon in a 2008 article called "Enlisting the Aid of Hairstylists as Sentinels for Domestic Abuse." One program that helps train salon professionals to recognize signs of abuse and teach them how to talk about it with their clients is CUT IT OUT, which is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund. CUT IT OUT builds awareness of domestic abuse through awareness materials to be displayed in salons, the Adopt-a-Shelter initiative to involve salons in helping local domestic violence agencies, and educating salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients to resources. WomensLaw.org has no relationship or affiliation with this organization and cannot vouch for their services - we provide it for your information only.