Salas Introduces Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse
AB 326 will train hairstylists to detect signs of domestic violence or sexual assault
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 326 which is designed to educate salon professionals about the signs of domestic abuse or sexual assault as well as how to support and connect their clients with resources for help.
“Many cases of domestic abuse go unreported. The trust that often exists between professional hair stylists and their clients creates an opportunity to connect victims of domestic abuse with information about local social service agencies and resources,” said Assemblymember Salas. “These professionals can serve a unique role in spotting signs of abuse and connecting victims that wish to seek out services with the appropriate resources.”
According to National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape or physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. That means on average, 24 people per minute are victims of these crimes—totaling 12 million people over the course of one year. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
In California, according to California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, approximately 40% of women will experience intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime. In 2011, there were 147 domestic violence related homicides (a 13% increase). Domestic violence related homicides account for almost 12% of all homicides in California.
AB 326 would require applicants for licensure under the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to take a one-hour course about domestic violence and sexual assault awareness as part of their training.
AB 326 will be referred to policy and fiscal committees with hearing dates pending.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.