Mass. beauticians taught to spot domestic violence

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MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A program run by a Massachusetts district attorney's office is training beauticians on how to spot signs of domestic violence among their clients.

"Cut It Out" first started in Alabama in 2002 and has spread to other states.

Since 2009, the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has trained more than 900 hair stylists, makeup artists, skin care specialists and others.

During a recent training session at the Elizabeth Grady school in Medford, Ryan spoke to about 80 beauticians and massage therapists. She says the close relationship salon professionals have with their clients puts them in a unique position to spot signs of abuse, including missing or damaged hair, bruises on the neck or scars on the scalp.

The beauticians are encouraged to refer clients to community service organizations.

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