Policy Recommendations

Policy Recommendations

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.

Resources
  • 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.
Public Education
  • 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.
Reporting
  • 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.