New bill requires Tennessee hairstylists, barbers to take domestic violence course

TENNESSEE — Fresh cuts or cute styles aren’t the only types of training your barber or hairstylist will have to get.

A new law passed by Tennessee legislators will require hairstylists and barbers to know the signs of domestic violence.

This free, one-hour training will not only teach them the signs of domestic violence but will also make sure they know the proper resources to give to their client if he or she is a possible victim.

For some, going to the hair salon is a form of therapy.

Pavo Salon co-owner Scot Robinson said it’s a responsibility they take seriously.

“I think being in this job, you have to be aware that it is more than just hair, it’s what somebody’s going through, it’s their life challenges,” said Robinson.

He said this new law requiring all licensed barbers and cosmetologists to take a course on domestic violence signs is a good thing.

“For me, I didn’t really look at it as a negative. It’s just kind of a good thing to be aware of and to be able to bring awareness to others as well.”

Senate Bill 216 has been in the works for almost two years, according to state Representative Antonio Parkinson, who has also been a supporter since the beginning.

“I’m always glad to hear about things we actually get right in the Tennessee legislature. There’s so many things that we might miss the mark on in improving people’s quality of life but this one of those where most of us were all in agreement,” he said.

Parkinson said this ensures the right information is readily available.

“A lot of times, they’ll get privy to information that a lot of other people wouldn’t necessarily have access to. In those moments, we want them to be able to give the right advice.”

Starting January 1, 2022, anyone getting their license must take the course, and people already licensed, must take the course by December of 2025.