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New rule preps barbers and hairdressers to spot domestic abuse

Going to the salon is a time to relax, a time to enjoy a new haircut, hair color, manicure or pedicure. Whatever the treatment, clients often enjoy some chatter with their hairdresser or nail technician while at the salon. 

Unfortunately, gossip and stories could do more harm than clients may realize.

How could chatting at a salon cause trouble?

There are certain professions that are required to report concerns of criminal activity. School counselors, for example, are generally required to report if they believe a student is the victim of abuse.

The types of professionals that fall within these requirements are expanding. A new law in Illinois is requiring cosmetologists receive training to recognize the signs of abuse. A piece in the New York Times discussed the law, noting it is likely the only one on the country. However, this type of law could grab hold and similar proposals could be seen throughout the country, including here in New York.

What can New Yorkers' learn from this law?

Although not currently the law here in New York, lessons are still present. The lesson present in the story of the boy who cried wolf holds true today. It is wise to be careful what is said, even in what seems like a safe and fun environment like the salon.

What about victims of false allegations of domestic abuse?

The piece also provides an opportunity to point out that not every person accused of domestic abuse is guilty of the crime. People are falsely accused, and these false accusations can cause serious damage.

If you are the victim of a false allegation of domestic abuse, it is important to take the accusations seriously. Contact an attorney to discuss your options and better ensure your innocence is protected.

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