'What works' in reducing sexual harassment and sexual offences on public transport nationally and internationally: a rapid evidence assessment

Gekoski, Anna, Gray, Jacqueline M., Horvath, Miranda A. H., Edwards, Sarah, Emirali, Aliye and Adler, Joanna R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2973-8503 (2015) 'What works' in reducing sexual harassment and sexual offences on public transport nationally and internationally: a rapid evidence assessment. Project Report. Middlesex University; British Transport Police; Department for Transport, London.

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Abstract

In Britain, public transport is generally very safe and serious sexual assaults are rare. However, research has found that around 15% of women and girls have been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour on the London transport network, the vast majority of which goes unreported (Transport for London [TfL], 2013a). This document reports the findings of a rapid evidence assessment, conducted on behalf go the British Transport Police, to identify the main initiatives that are being used to reduce sexual harassment and assault on public transport nationally and internationally, and whether these 'work'. Literature searches and a ‘call for information’ identified 1889 potential source materials, 191 of which were ultimately deemed relevant. The main intervention approaches are identified, and where available, the intervention effectiveness is evaluated. Overall, it was found that there is very little rigorous evaluation of these initiatives, and therefore much of the evidence is based upon the views of passengers, staff and transport managers. Recommendations, including thorough evaluation of a range of interventions, including staffing, policing, CCTV and passenger information, are made.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Item ID: 15219
Notes on copyright: The document is published by Middlesex University, British Transport Police and the Department for Transport.
Depositing User: Jackie Gray
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 13:42
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15219

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