The PBA’s CUT IT OUT Program Mobilizes Beauty Pros to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse


The Professional Beauty Association, whose mission is to advocate and fight for the rights and professionalism of the beauty industry, is aiming to make a significant impact in addressing domestic abuse. Stylists, barbers, estheticians, and make-up artists possess a unique ability to spot identifiers of abuse in their clients. Given the relationship between beauty pro and client, salons and spas often serve as safe spaces where victims feel comfortable sharing their experiences and seeking help.

The CUT IT OUT® program is designed to provide these licensed professionals, as well as students, and others in the beauty industry with the resources they need to correctly identify signs and symptoms of abuse, respond using discreet and empathetic techniques and, importantly, refer victims to professional safety resources.

How the Program Works

CUT IT OUT® offers complimentary one hour training to beauty professionals to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge, led by trained domestic abuse victim advocates. If you’re interested, the PBA lists the current CUT IT OUT® Trainers by state here. Reach out directly to a trainer near you to request a CUT IT OUT® Training either in person or online

Industry professionals can order materials from CUT IT OUT® to display in their salon, becoming an ambassador for the program.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Strength in Beauty CUT IT OUT® grants are available for U.S. beauty industry licensed professionals who are domestic abuse survivors and in need of assistance in getting back on their feet, either financially or with employment. Donate to the Strength in Beauty grant here.

CUT IT OUT® welcomes monetary donations to support their efforts in ending domestic abuse. Contributions are tax-deductible and directly contribute to providing the program and materials free of charge. Current CUT IT OUT® sponsors include: JCPenney Salon, K18 Biometric Hairscience, L’Oreal USA, SalonCentric, SportsClips, and DaySmart Salon. If you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities, click here.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you are not alone. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline now. 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788.

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