MONTVILLE, NJ – Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics and Cosmetology will be holding a salon-a-thon fundraiser on Oct. 27 to benefit the Jersey Battered Women’s Service.

The fundraiser is part of the school’s partnership with the Professional Beauty Association’s “Cut It Out” initiative, designed not only to raise awareness of domestic abuse, but also to train salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources.

“Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of the relationship between salon professionals and their clients and co-workers, salon professionals can often spot signs of physical abuse that others may never see,” according to the Cut It Out website.

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For the month of October, Christine Valmy school, located at 285 Changebridge Road, has been selling purple Christine Valmy t-shirts and purple hair extensions, with the proceeds going to the Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Instructor Supervisor Nora Cannizzo said.

On Oct. 27, students will be giving clients skin care treatments, manicures, mini facials, haircuts and blowouts, with the proceeds also being donated to the shelter.

“Everybody gets involved with the fundraiser,” Cannizzo said, “including the juniors and seniors. Further, we train our students in recognizing these signs of abuse and how to refer clients to get help.”

Some appointments still remain. The school can be reached at 973-575-1050.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from domestic abuse, please go to a safe phone and call 973-267-4763.