SALON Stories Act

On Thursday, Dec.  14, 2023, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate to enlist the beauty industry in the fight against domestic violence. U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth are sponsoring the SALON Stories Act (S.3540).

The measure would incentivize states to pass legislation similar to laws in Tennessee and Illinois that require licensed beauty professionals to receive free domestic violence awareness education and how to respond appropriately. This legislation is the result of Shear Haven and YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s advocacy efforts to end domestic violence.   

DV Education Law in TN

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, Shear Haven co-founder Susanne Post, and members of the YWCA’s Advocacy Committee spent several years meeting with Tennessee lawmakers  and advocating for this legislation and  the need for this training throughout the beauty industry.

We are grateful to our sponsors and co-sponsors of the legislation – Rep. Sam Whitson, Rep. G.A. Hardaway, Sen. Becky Duncan Massey – and all who supported this effort.

On April 13, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed legislation requiring all licensed cosmetologists, barbers, aestheticians, manicurists, natural hair stylists, technicians, and instructors be trained on the signs of domestic violence and how to respond.