Episode 125

Susanne Post

Podcast Length: | Date Published: 26th January 2022

Hairdressers and dealing with the impact of domestic violence with Susanne Post

My guest on this episode is Susanne Post.

Susanne is a hairdresser, salon owner and co-founder of ‘Shear Haven,’ an organisation whose purpose is to educate stylists and beauty professionals about the signs of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue across the world, and as a survivor of domestic violence herself, Susanne has made it her mission to ensure that people can access the help that they need if they find themselves in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is often associated with shame, denial, and hopelessness, but by talking about it we can begin to destigmatize it, and that is exactly what we are going to do today.

In today’s podcast we discuss:

  • What exactly is domestic violence and who does it affect?
  • How do you recognise the signs of domestic violence?
  • The impact that covid has had on domestic violence.
  • The free training program that is now available to hairdressers globally to help them recognise the issues around domestic violence.

And lots more!


In this Episode:


[02:41] The stigma that surrounds domestic violence, and the importance of speaking openly about it.

[03:56] Staggering statistics which highlight the pervasiveness of domestic violence globally.

[07:38] How domestic violence is defined, and the different types of abuse that fall into this category.

[09:51] Susanne shares her personal experiences of domestic violence and escaping her abuser.

[14:12] The average number of times that a person will return to their abuser, and the various reasons that this is the case.

[17:50] Common stereotypes of abusers and the abused, and why these do not tell the full story.

[21:39] Why people who were abused often go on to become abusers themselves.

[23:48] Susanne explains why couples therapy can do more harm than good for the person who is being abused.

[27:46] How witnessing domestic violence impacts children.

[29:42] Why domestic abuse has become known as the “shadow pandemic.”

[31:41] Susanne shares the inspiration behind the founding of Shear Haven, and some of their achievements to date.

[38:31] Why Shear Haven focuses specifically on domestic abuse prevention training for beauty industry professionals, and examples of the resources that they provide.

[45:17] The value that lies in having open conversations about domestic violence.

[50:27] Advice for how to handle a situation where a colleague or client of yours is being abused.

[54:00] If you are in an abusive relationship (as the abuser or the abused), you are not alone, and there is a way to change your situation.


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Special thanks to Susanne for sharing her story with me for this week’s episode. Until next time!



Links and Resources:

Grow My Salon Business

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Shear Haven

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Susanne Post

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Shine Salon

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YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee

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