Illinois cosmetologists must attend domestic violence training

CLINTON — A new Illinois law has gone into effect requiring all cosmetologists and those in related fields to complete domestic violence training prior to renewing their license. The new requirement impacts 84,000 licensees across the state.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is the only institution in this area currently recognized by the state to officially provide that training.

Under the law, all cosmetologists, cosmetology teachers, estheticians, esthetic teachers, hair braiders, hair braiding teachers, nail technicians and nail technology teachers are required to complete a one-time continuing education course on domestic violence before renewing their license.

The renewal date varies by profession. Cosmetologists and estheticians will have to comply by September of this year.

The class covers basic information about domestic violence and sexual assault, including definitions, factual information, statistics, types of abuse, behaviors, victim-blaming, shaming, abusers, barriers for victims to leave their abusers or seek help and confidentiality issues. These are considered within the context of a cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology or hair braiding practice.

The main purpose of the classes is to help licensees in recognizing signs of abuse and providing them with ways to support a client who is a victim. It gives them tools to assist clients, such as information about options, listening and communication methods, and how to connect them with available community resources.

The classes will be led by an instructor from Family Resources. The first class is April 14, with later sessions on May 5 and June 23. They are all scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. and will be held at the college’s Urban Campus, 101 W. Third St., in downtown Davenport. The cost is $29.

For more information, call the college at 1-888-336-3907. Registration is available online at eicc.edu/domesticviolence.