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:


  • Development of a comprehensive resource guide for service providers
  • Making available and engaging consultants (such as Hollaback!) who can help guide organizations as they institute policies and practices regarding street harassment
  • Providing routine trainings and webinars for those on the front lines

Public Education

  • The institution of harassment free zones around schools
  • Holding community safety audits, a United Nations recognized best practice for assessing the level of safety from gender-based violence in a community
  • Engagement of the local business community to train proprietors and staff about street harassment and how to respond to reports of harassment
  • The incorporation of an anti-street harassment curriculum into anti-bullying and sexual education efforts
  • Neighborhood speak-outs that are designed to get community members to share their stories and build awareness that they aren’t alone
  • 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
  • Public hearings that work to raise awareness and educate the public about the issue
  • Workshops on street harassment and how to intervene safely if you witness street harassment
  • E-mail blasts that educate community members that provide resources on how to respond to harassment and information on organizations that are addressing it
  • Editorials and opinion pieces that denounce the behavior


  • Training for emergency operators (such as 911) or information operators (such as 311 in NYC) on how to respond to and effectively track reports of street harassment
  • Connecting 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
  • Incorporating questions on the prevalence and impact of street harassment incorporated into existing measures, such as the Department of Health’s annual Community Health Survey.
  • Investing in in-depth research on the impact of street harassment on community members’ decisions related work, housing, education.