Your staff works hard to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere in your bar. Sexual harassment and other forms of personal violence can quickly destroy the atmosphere that you and your staff work so hard to make. Bar owners from across New York State are participating in the Safer Bars movement to prevent sexual harassment in nightlife establishments.
Make your bar a leader by taking long-lasting, sustainable steps to make our community safer. Make your bar a member of Capital Region Safer Bars!
Bars and restaurants that participate in the Safer Bars program are leaders in their community. They prioritize patron comfort and safety and understand that a good time out is one where patrons don't have to worry about experiencing harassment and violence. In fact, Safer Bars regard such behavior as unacceptable. They take responsibility for creating a bar vibe that is inclusive, welcoming, and comfortable for all patrons and they take pride in the fact that by doing so, they are committing to a higher standard of customer service and experience, and community wellness.
You are a Community Leader!
Bars and restaurants are where people go to relax, celebrate, meet new people, catch up with old friends and more; bars help set the tone for our communities. Being a Capital Region Safer Bars member is a clear way to show the community that you are dedicated to creating a safe and thriving community.
Sexual Violence is an Issue. We hate to say it but it's true- just take a look at the stats here . Even if you don't think it's an issue in your bar, it's an issue in the nightlife community around you. Successful bars choose to be proactive by learning how to prevent violence and by being prepared if it occurs.
Staff Preparedness & Reduced Liability: Through our trainings, your staff will have a greater range of strategies to use in addressing unwanted sexual aggression and other forms of violence that are directed at themselves or patrons. With staff that are better able to recognize and address problems early, aggression can be stopped before getting to the point where you need to file an incident report or call the police.
Better Bar Promotion. When you become a Safer Bar, you get to market yourself as having a higher standard for customer service and experience that makes you far more attractive to patrons. You also gain an ally in promoting and advertising your bar. We promote your establishment throughout the community and on college campuses, in online ads, and through our social media. We also provide you with a window decal to enhance your bar’s image and to designate you as a Safer Bars member.
A Better Bottom Line: Being a member of Capital Region Safer Bars means that you are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment. Staff who feel empowered and safe stay longer and patrons who have positive experiences are more likely to return and to tell their friends. Bars who have used this program in other locations have seen an increase in patronage and positive reviews.
Becoming a Safer Bar is easy and free! First, meet one on one with our staff to determine how the program can be most helpful to your bar or restaurant. Have your FOH staff participate in the Safer Bars training; two - 2.5 hour sessions held between two and four weeks apart and we come to you! Trainings can be held in your bar or another convenient location, on weekends, after hours, or at any time that will be easiest for you and your staff. Maintain that at least 70% of your staff are trained in the program. Lastly, we'll give you free materials to post in your bar identifying yourself as a Safer Bar, including posters and window decals and we'll invite you to participate in at least one Safer Bars community event a year. Participating Safer Bars have access to ongoing support and assistance on how they can make improvements to staff training, house policy, and their establishment's physical environment in an effort to raise the bar. Questions? Contact us!
Safer Bars is an evidence-based curriculum designed to train bar staff to recognize and respond to sexual aggression. This curriculum was developed by the Arizona Department of Health in collaboration with bar owners, staff, and patrons. This curriculum has been adapted for New York bars and all of our trainings will be customized to fit your staff, your business, and your culture. We won’t tell your staff what to do; rather, we build on their skills to create a safer and more welcoming establishment.
Meet one on one with our staff to determine how the program can be most helpful to your bar or restaurant. Maintain at least 70% of your staff that are trained our curriculum. Post materials in the bar identifying yourself as a Safer Bar, including posters and window clings. Participate in at least one Safer Bars community event a year.
There isn’t one! It’s free to become a member and get your staff trained. Trainings consists of two, 2.5 hours sessions held between two and four weeks apart and we come to you! Trainings can be held in your bar or other convenient location, on weekends, after hours, or at any time that will be easiest for you and your staff.