Get To Know Us
We are a not for profit organisation that takes a proactive approach against domestic violence and elder abuse by harnessing the intimate and trusted relationship between Australia’s 55,000+ hairdressers and their clients.
We believe that by empowering hairdressers with the correct resources and appropriate training we can make a difference in the lives of many Australians.
We may even save a few lives.
It started with a conversation between Sonia Colvin, the Founder of Hairdressers with Hearts, who is a hairdresser, and a DV worker under the window of a safe room at Caboolture courthouse in 2012.
It was a dream. A dream of being able to do something. To harness the power of hairdressing salons.
Hairdressers and barbers are frontline in the community, reaching people on a grassroots level, having intimate conversations with clients walking through the door on a regular basis.
Hairdressers with Hearts aims to harness the intimate and trusted relationship between Australia’s 55,000+ hairdressers and their clients.
We believe that empowering hairdressers with the correct resources and appropriate training, we will be doing our part to make a difference in the lives of many Australians.
The number and location of domestic and family violence and elder abuse units across Australia is not sufficient to meet the needs of victims in rural areas. However, most small rural communities have a hairdresser and barber, who could safely make resources available for these victims.
To provide every Australian hairdresser and barber with the Hairdressers with Hearts/”No More Silence” training so they are empowered to help clients, by providing appropriate resources. By doing this we will reach the most vulnerable in our communities who have no idea of where to turn.
HwH has the ability to cross cultural and socio-economic barriers because hairdressers are a part of all communities.
Mobile hairdressers are regularly entering homes of the elderly, disabled and nursing homes reaching some of the most vulnerable and at risk in our community.