Programs and Services

Safer Bar

RCC’s Safer Bar training is a bystander intervention program designed for staff at alcohol-serving establishments. These employees are in a unique position to help protect their patrons and their community; just as staff might intervene to keep a customer from driving home drunk, they can also intervene in a situation where they perceive sexual aggression in progress.


This three-hour training will earn an individual a five-year Safer Bar certification. If 80% of an establishment’s front-of-house staff is certified, the bar will also earn a Safer Bar designation for a calendar year or as long as staff stay certified.


Next training date:

TBA, Prism (924 Williamson St)

Cost is $25/person thanks to Spirited Women’s sponsorship!

Registration coming soon.

Email [email protected] if you’d like to be notified when registration opens.


Training participants will learn how to help facilitate a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence, including:

  • How to recognize and identify signs and stages of sexual aggression.
  • Assertive communication skills for confident, neutral interactions.
  • The impact of gender socialization on individual interaction styles.
  • Targeting strategies for to intervene in the workplace and the opportunity for live, hands-on practice with trained Safer Bar facilitators.

A Safer Bar training is three hours of training and practicing in an actual work environment. The cost of scheduling a training in your establishment will be $35 per attendee (minimum $350 total). Please email [email protected] for more information or to schedule.


PLEASE NOTE: This training is intended to provide staff with effective tools to attempt to intervene on behalf of their customers. It is not guaranteed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault in your establishment and the implication that it does should be avoided at all costs.

The following Madison-area bars and restaurants have at least one Safer Bar-certified individual on staff:


Plaza Tavern

Bistro 101

Cask & Ale

Genna’s Cocktail Lounge

Heritage Tavern

Ivory Room Piano Bar


Madison Sourdough Co.



Morris Ramen

Natt Spil

Osteria Papavero

Palace Cinema

A Pig in a Fur Coat

The Robin Room

Sjölinds Chocolate


Tipsy Cow

Underground Food Collective