The Empire Education Group has a strong presence in the beauty world since Empire Beauty School is the largest cosmetology school in the United States. Empire frequently uses its impressive reach in 21 states to help others, and Empire's 110 locations recently raised more than $45,000 to help survivors of domestic violence.

Every Empire Beauty School location donated 100% of the money made on October 11 to local domestic violence shelters and anti-domestic programs. The school's National Day of Beauty takes place yearly in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and men, women and children were invited as students provided haircuts, nail services, coloring and more.

The charitable effort of the ‘Empire Gives Back’ program supports agencies, such as domestic violence shelters because domestic violence is a prevalent tragedy that can happen to anyone. Domestic violence can hurt women especially, and domestic violence is the leading source of injury for women in the U.S. Domestic violence reportedly affects one in every four women, and a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. Causes that help abused individuals are usually underfunded, but the National Day of Beauty and yearlong contributions from Empire help to make a difference in every community where the beauty school exists.

Franklin K. Shoeneman is the CEO of the Empire Education Group, and he stated that everyone at Empire is proud to combat domestic violence. He also commented that stylists are in a unique position when it comes helping those abused because signs of abuse are often revealed to beauticians. Professionals might see visible markers of abuse while performing salon services, and customers often form close relationships with stylists and may feel comfortable talking about personal matters. Empire started the Cut It Out initiative to utilize the opportunity cosmetologists have to address domestic violence.

Cut It Out started in 2001 and trains Empire students and others to recognize possible emotional and physical signs of domestic abuse. This training teaches stylists questions one can ask to identify an abuse victim and allows stylists to be comfortable enough to offer help. If a client is willing, a cosmetologist can listen and refer someone to local shelters, authorities or counselors.

While gearing up for the National Day of Beauty, some beauty school locations held raffles, school luncheons, bake sales and other events. In total, this day has raised over $500,000 to aid programs that counter domestic violence. Empire holds other fundraisers throughout the year and offers free services to residents of shelters and their children. Shelter residents may also receive educational endowments to attend beauty school.

Shelter residents and others that choose to attend Empire Beauty School learn a Certified Learning in Cosmetology curriculum. The CLiC education teaches students to use salon grade products and equipment and prepares future salon professionals for careers as estheticians, cosmetologists, makeup artists, hair stylists, educators and more.

Empire Beauty School raises awareness and funds in October and throughout the year to help those who suffer domestic abuse. Students get the chance to help others on National Day of Beauty and acquire the knowledge to aid domestic abuse victims in the future too.

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