The Assembly unanimously approved AB 326, a bill designed to educate salon professionals about the signs of abuse as well as how to connect victims to resources.
The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Rudy Salas.
AB 326 will require the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, as part of the licensing process, to include a course that covers elder abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault awareness to provide licensees with information on how to connect victims to services.
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.
In California, according to California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, approximately 40% of women will experience intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.