Shear Haven Domestic Violence Training

Why Domestic Violence Training For Beauty Industry Professionals?

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has exposed the hidden pandemic of domestic violence, and beauty industry professionals are in a unique position to combat both of these public health emergencies. BARBICIDE® is proud to partner with a Nashville-based organization and licensed stylist in an effort to bring domestic violence education to the worldwide beauty industry.

New estimates by the United Nations Population Fund suggest a worldwide increase of 20 percent of intimate partner violence cases, or 15 million additional ones.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee created the Shear Haven Domestic Violence Training with volunteer Susanne Post. Susanne is a survivor of domestic violence and a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner in Nashville, TN and in 2017, Susanne and the YWCA teamed up to create a training program for local salon owners and stylists. They are committed to educating the community and helping all victims of domestic abuse through Shear Haven.

This effort has extended to advocating for legislation in Tennessee to bring the life-saving training to all licensed cosmetologists. This Shear Haven training video equips stylists with:

  • Knowledge and resources to recognize the signs of domestic violence
  • Guidance on how to successfully navigate conversations with clients who may be in danger
  • Tools and resources that can help your client get to safety
What’s Included in the Training?

This training will consist of a 20 minute training session followed by a short quiz. After completion, you will receive a personalized certificate of achievement. Please keep the certificate for your permanent records.

Help Us Spread Awareness!

We encourage you to share your certificate on Instagram! Please tag: Founders @ywcanashville@su2she, and training host @barbicideblue to help spread awareness.


Shear Haven in the News

On April 13, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the Shear Haven legislation into law. Click here to read the YWCA Nashville & Middle TN news release.


Modern Salon


Nashville Public Radio

The Tennessean

TN Department of Commerce & Insurance

The Washington Post


Shear Haven’s International Impact

Since the BARBICIDE® & Shear Haven partnership launched on October 1, 2020, the online Shear Haven Domestic Violence Training has certified 40,000 beauty professionals in over 100 different countries.

Shear Haven has also partnered with industry leaders in Ireland and the United Kingdom to help educate beauty professionals there. The initiative is having a tremendous impact overseas.

Click here to read how Shear Haven is helping stylists in the U.K. thanks to our ambassador Liz McKeon. More stories can be found below:


European Spa Magazine

Scratch Magazine UK 

Hairdresser’s Journal International

Irish Daily Mail 


Oh My Mag

The Independent UK

Professional Beauty Ireland

Professional Beauty UK

Virgin Radio UK

I Heart Radio UK

Irish Beauty

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