Hairdressers trained to help victims of abuse as part of ‘Cut It Out’ campaign

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the news recently have been some exceptional stories about people who are going out of their way to make a difference in the lives of abuse survivors. But the most powerful thing that anyone can do is offer victims hope to find their way out.

“One of the things that kept me in [an abusive] situation longer was thinking it was all in my head, that I was exaggerating the extent of the abuse, making it seem worse than it was,” Jen* from London, Ont. told Yahoo Canada. This was exacerbated, she says, by others ignoring the abusive behaviour, believing it was none of their business.

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