Shear Haven

Shear Haven is an initiative of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, co-founded by Nashville-based salon owner and stylist Susanne Post.  A survivor of domestic violence, Susanne is committed to educating the community on the signs of abuse and the resources available to help women and men who are victims. This domestic violence education program equips stylists with the knowledge and resources to recognize the signs of domestic violence, successfully navigate conversations with clients who may be in danger, and pass along tools that can help them get to safety.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is proud to partner with BARBICIDE®, one of the most iconic brands in the beauty industry. In October 2020, The company began hosting our online Shear Haven training on its website.

Take the Shear Haven ONLINE TRANING hosted by BARBICIDE® here. 

Click the following links to download a Shear Haven flier with tear-off crisis numbers you can post in your salon restrooms. (National Hotline Number | YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Crisis & Support Helpline)

In the News

Watch the NewsChannel 5 report on anti-domestic violence education legislation that could help save lives.


Read about the launch of this training in the beauty industry trade Behind the Chair. 

Read this Op/Ed from Rep. Sam Whitson of Franklin and Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis on why they are sponsoring the Shear Haven legislation.

On April 13, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the Shear Haven legislation. Click here to view the legislative history and bill language. 

Listen to Shear Haven co-founder Susanne Post on the HandsomApp podcast here or read the story here.

To schedule a virtual Shear Haven training for Nashville / Middle Tennessee-based salons, please contact Michelle Mowery Johnson via email. 

Read more about Shear Haven Co-Founder Susanne Post in StyleBlueprint and NFocus Magazine.

View a Fox 17 Nashville report on Shear Haven here or a NewsChannel 5 story on this initiative below: