Long Island Safer Bars (LISB) is a community-led healthy nightlife initiative that aims to help communities across Suffolk and Nassau County have nightlife areas free from sexual violence. We partner with alcohol-serving establishments, stakeholders, and community members in various ways to create this. LISB uses a curriculum called Safer Bars to train alcohol-serving establishments on bystander intervention techniques, sexual violence 101, policy/environmental scans, and how it applies to nightlife.
Once 70% of their staff is trained, they are considered a fully certified establishment. We work with establishments on increasing protective factors in their policies and building. Our staff works closely with stakeholders in these identified communities because we know this multi-layered approach requires community input.
To learn how to become a part of the program, contact Sarah Samson, Project Coordinator by email or phone, 631-761-8518.
The LI Safer Bars program is led by The Retreat, Inc., which is funded by a grant from The New York State Department of Health through Health Research, inc. The Rape Prevention and Education grant allows us the opportunity to partner with two similar agencies: LI Against Domestic Violence, which serves western Suffolk County, and The Safe Center, LI, which serves Nassau County.