How cities are planned and designed has a major impact on individuals’ mobility and safety. If individuals feel unsafe in public transportation or on the way to it, they may avoid certain routes or particular times of the day. This is problematic, since research has also found that, in some cities, especially those in the Global South, a large percentage of women are "transit captives". Namely, they have relatively less access to non-public forms of transportation and are, therefore, especially reliant on public transport. This issue is important not only because it affects people’s safety but also because it influences the long-term sustainability of a city. In a sustainable city, safety guarantees the ability to move freely for everyone and provides a wider sense of place attachment.

Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities examines the evidence of victimization in transit environments in countries around the world, exploring individuals’ feelings of perceived safety or lack thereof and the necessary improvements that can make transit safer and, hence, cities more sustainable. The book’s contributions are grounded in theories at the crossroads of several disciplines such as environmental criminology, architecture and design, urban planning, geography, psychology, gender and LGBTQI studies, transportation, and law enforcement. International case studies include Los Angeles, Vancouver, Stockholm, London, Paris, São Paulo, Mexico City, Bogotá, Tokyo, Guangzho, Melbourne, and Lagos, among others.

part I|41 pages

Transit Crime and Sexual Violence

chapter 1|9 pages

Sexual Violence in Transit Environments

Aims, Scope, and Context

chapter 2|12 pages

Sexual Harassment on Transit

Evidence from the Literature

chapter 4|10 pages

Studying Sexual Harassment in Transit Environments

Research Design and Basic Concepts

part II|172 pages

Case Study Cities

chapter 5|9 pages

Tokyo, Japan

chapter 6|9 pages

Guangzhou, China

chapter 9|7 pages

Lagos, Nigeria

chapter 10|8 pages

Bogotá, Colombia

chapter 15|12 pages

Vancouver, Canada

chapter 17|9 pages

Stockholm, Sweden

chapter 18|9 pages

Huddinge, Sweden

chapter 20|11 pages

London, UK

chapter 22|10 pages

Milan, Italy

part III|80 pages

Understanding Transit Crime and Sexual Violence

chapter 24|16 pages

Incidence and Reporting

Making the Invisible Matter

part IV|34 pages


chapter 27|8 pages

Sexual Crime on Transit

A Global, Comparative Look

chapter 28|24 pages

Responding to Sexual Harassment on Transit

Towards an Agenda for Research and Practice