Hairdressers can help - 8 April 2017

Hairdressers aren't social workers but they can help people to get the support they need.

Like other helpers they just need to recognise that someone may be in an abusive situation, know what to say and who to refer people to.

It’s not OK has developed a package to help hairdressers, barbers and beauticians know how to respond to clients who are affected by violence at home. The person may be experiencing abuse or signalling that they are being abusive.

Four hairdresser posters

This initiative is the brainchild of Ohakune hairdresser Kelly Porter who features in the video 'Hairdressers Can Help'. View the video with captions on our You Tube channel

Included in the package are:

  • Posters
  • Badges
  • It’s not OK resources
  • Latest statistics.

If you would like to receive this package please email  We will also put you in touch with a local family violence network coordinator who can give you more information and support.

There’s also lots more information about how to help people who are in family violence situations on our website.  It’s not OK resources are free and can be ordered here.

Some tips

  • Clients can be referred to the It’s not OK information line on 0800 456 450
  • You can also phone this number for advice if you’re not sure what to do
  • If you are worried about someone don’t ignore it
  • Never put your own safety at risk
  • Trust your gut instinct.


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