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Press Release
October 4, 2007

Children’s Services Launches Beauty Salon Awareness Project in Domestic Violence Awareness Initiative

ACS MSW Intern Yeinmy Gomez speaks to beauty salon operators of C & R Beauty Salon in Washington Heights about domestic violence as part of ACS domestic violence awareness initiative
ACS MSW Intern Yeinmy Gomez speaks to beauty salon operators of C & R Beauty Salon in Washington Heights about domestic violence as part of ACS domestic violence awareness initiative

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Children’s Services Washington Heights Family Preservation Program has partnered with AmeriGroup Community Care and Harlem-Dowling Westside Center Respite Program to educate beauty salon owners and operators in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods to recognize indications of domestic abuse among their patrons. Today, partners and community members celebrated the kick-off of the Domestic Violence Beauty Salon Awareness Project at the AmeriGroup Community Care Center in Upper Manhattan.

Children's Services and its two community-based partners are implementing this program in response to the on going problem of domestic violence. It will train beauty salon owners and operators to identify warning signs of domestic violence and providedomestic violence victims with safety planning assistance along with referrals to appropriate community resources. Three beauty salons in Washington Heights and Inwood that are pioneering the domestic violence awareness-training project are Divas Beauty Salon, Elkys Unisex Beauty Salon, and C & R Beauty Salon. The Family Preservation Program field instructor /District Director and two Masters of Social Work interns will conduct domestic violence recognition training in the salons before the start of business hours. The three training sessions are offered in both English and Spanish. Salons have agreed to display posters specially designed for this project along with health and respite information to allow a woman to safely plan for her children.

“In an effort to stop the epidemic of domestic violence that menaces too many of New York City’s families, we must get involved as individuals and as a community to prevent this destructive behavior. This initiative will focus on stopping the pain and tears of the women and children victimized by domestic violence and giving them the help, support and services they need to make their lives safe,” said Commissioner John B. Mattingly.

One participating salon operator said, “Our customers talk freely to us about their lives and often we see what appear to be signs of abuse. We want to help.”

Beauty salon owners and operators interested in participating in the training sessions should contact Ingrid Dominguez, Site Director and Field Instructor, at (212) 280-9526.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please join us in making a reality of the project’s motto: “To dry the tears; we must stop the pain.” If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) TTY: 1-800-810-7444 or 3-1-1 for general City services information. Callers receive immediate assistance, including crisis counseling, safety planning and referrals.

Contact:
ACS Press Office: (212) 341-0999

 

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