Policy Recommendations

Policy Recommendations

Based on our findings in the report “When Street Harassment Comes Indoors,” we recommend that policy-makers and service providers invest in the following solutions to combat street harassment.

Resources
  • Make available and engage consultants (such as Hollaback!) who can help guide organizations as they institute policies and practices regarding street harassment.
  • Provide routine trainings and webinars for businesses, schools, nonprofits, and unions on street harassment and how to intervene safely if you witness street harassment.
Public Education
  • Hold community safety audits in high-density harassment areas. Safety audits are a United Nations recognized best practice for assessing the level of safety from gender-based violence in a community
  • Engage the local business community to train proprietors and staff about street harassment and how to respond to reports of harassment.
  • Incorporate an anti-street harassment curriculum into middle and high school curricula
  • Create public service announcements that work on educating both targets of harassment and bystanders to encourage engagement and reporting. These PSAs should be featured in heavily trafficked spaces, including bus stops and subways.
Reporting
  • Train emergency operators (such as 911) and information operators (such as 311 in NYC) on how to respond to and effectively track reports of street harassment.
  • Connect existing reporting mechanisms, such as Hollaback!’s free iPhone and Droid apps, to the city’s information system to allow for increased ease of reporting (this has already been done in NYC).
  • Incorporate questions on the prevalence and impact of street harassment incorporated into existing measures, such as the Department of Health’s annual Community Health Survey.
  • Invest in in-depth research on the impact of street harassment on community members’ decisions related to work, housing, education.