SafeBar Alliance provides education, bystander intervention training, and free branded swag to participating bars and drinking establishments. Its goal is to keep both bar staff and patrons safer from predatory behavior, harassment, and sexual assault. Good things happen when we create an environment where everyone is working together and looking out for each other.
Education & Training
Bar staff and patrons often witness alarming behaviors and are able to take action that can prevent sexual violence from happening, or help connect victims to the support and resources they need. SafeBar Alliance training builds upon the skills and experience bar staff already have and educates them about sexual violence myths, consent, and drug and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault. It also gives staff strategies to help them safely deescalate or intervene in a potentially unsafe situation, and to become more confident in making these important decisions quickly. Because every bar has a unique staff, atmosphere, and clientele, each bar will discuss an individual intervention strategy that best meets their particular needs.
Trainings take between 60 and 90 minutes, and can be adjusted to fit bars’ busy schedules.
Bar staff learn about how to utilize community resources like The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center. A SafeBar rep from each bar will help the bar stay connected to the Care Center, and to other bars in the SafeBar Alliance. Through this network, we work to make the prevention of sexual violence both a priority of individual establishments and a value of the entire community.
SafeBar Alliance bars are provided with free giveaway items of their choice. Currently available items include:
- Transportation cards (business cards listing taxi and SafeRide phone numbers)
- Mini bottle opener key chains
During training, all staff will also receive easy-to-reference SafeBar Alliance booklets containing useful intervention techniques.
Current Members in Lawrence, KS
Harbour Lights (2016)
The Burger Stand at The Casbah (2016)
Replay Lounge (2016)
Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 852 (2016)
Red Lyon Tavern (2017)
Join the SafeBar Alliance
To schedule a training in Douglas, Franklin, or Jefferson Counties:
Or call Kelsey Hunter at the Care Center at (785)843-8985 ext. 8
If you live in another community and want to learn more about starting a SafeBar Alliance program:
Please contact us! We conduct remote trainings for facilitators, and can provide you with many of the materials you’ll need to get SafeBar Alliance started where you live.