Based on our findings in the report “When Street Harassment Comes Indoors,” we recommend that policymakers and service providers invest in these solutions to combat harassment.
- Engage consultants (such as Hollaback!) to guide your organization as it creates policies and practices regarding harassment.
- Provide routine trainings for businesses, schools, nonprofits, and unions on harassment and bystander intervention.
- Hold community safety audits in high-density harassment areas. The United Nations recognizes safety audits as a best practice for assessing safety from gender-based violence in a community.
- Engage the local business community to train proprietors and staff to respond to reports of harassment.
- Incorporate an anti-harassment curriculum into middle and high school curricula.
- Create public service announcements that educate targets of harassment as well as bystanders and encourage engagement and reporting. Display these PSAs in heavily trafficked spaces, including bus stops and subways.
- Train emergency and information operators (such as 911 and 311, respectively) to respond to and effectively track reports of harassment.
- Connect existing reporting mechanisms, such as the Hollaback!’s App, to the city’s information system. This has already facilitated easier reporting in New York City.
- Incorporate questions on the prevalence and impact of harassment into existing measures, such as the Department of Health’s annual Community Health Survey.
- Invest in in-depth research on the impact of harassment on community members’ decisions related to work, housing, education.