Data and Resources

Through our Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS), the first-ever national-level data on the prevalence of emotional, physical and sexual violence against children is now available.

Developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention with strong support from UNICEF and other Together for Girls’ partners, the survey has a standard methodology with a core set of questions used in each country.

Led and owned by national governments, with support and technical assistance from our partners, the surveys have greatly advanced our understanding of the scale of the problem, the link to gender inequality and HIV, and the circumstances that make children more or less vulnerable to violence.

Most importantly, the data have sparked national action from country leaders and civil society. To see the survey reports, learn more about each country’s response to the survey data and view the governmentís response plans, see our country partners.


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See the full VACS reports:

Please see the Definitions of Violence used by the Violence Against Children Surveys.


Together for Girls promotes an environment of global learning, in which countries can learn from each other. Organizations and partners working on issues related to gender-based violence, violence prevention, child protection, HIV and public health are able to collaborate with Together for Girls and gain information about the partnershipís lessons and results.

Together for Girls provides technical assistance and support as well as opportunities for cross-country exchanges to assist government leaders in understanding how to mobilize a survey and a comprehensive response.

Current resources include:

  • Technical Action Framework: An introductory framework to Together for Girls’ model for violence prevention and response, intended to inform the work of in-country partners, including governments and civil society.
  • Linking Violence Against Children Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action: A step-by-step how-to guide for countries interested in or planning to implement the VACS.
  • Considerations for Developing Comprehensive National Actions to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children: Drawing on the experience and lessons learned to date from TfG partner countries, this document offers a description of the principles and key elements that a national, multi-sector approach should contain and the parameters for ensuring an inclusive and well-coordinated process.
  • Post-Rape Care Tool: The Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs is a guide developed with leadership from PEPFAR and support from other Together for Girls partners. It is based on evidence indicating that while in many cases children will seek post-rape care, the services available to them are not designed specifically for children. Although the guide is targeted at PEPFAR programs, it can also be used by governments to integrate the content into national guidelines.
  • From Research to Action: Advancing Prevention and Response to Violence against Children: Report on the Global Violence against Children Meeting: This report summarizes the rich content and recommendations that emerged from the 2014 Global Meeting on Violence against Children in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The structure of this report roughly follows the meeting agenda and features a global overview of violence against children and efforts to address violence. Teams from six countries that have completed Violence against Children Surveys (VACS) shared their experience conducting the surveys and planning and/or implementing a multi-sector response.
  • Kenya Public Use Violence Against Children Survey Dataset: The Kenya public use dataset provides an opportunity for researchers to conduct investigations with the rich, detailed information available in the VACS, and helps increase our understanding of and ability to prevent and respond to the epidemic of violence against children.


Below are academic journal articles that feature data and work from the Together for Girls partnership.

Prevalence of Sexual Violence Against Children and Use of Social Services — Seven Countries, 2007–2013
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Preventing Sexual Violence and HIV in Children
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS)


Below are some of the resources we like related to public health, gender, violence, child protection and more. This list is just a sampling of some of the great resources available.

Reports and Studies

Adolescent Girls

Using Data to See and Select the Most Vulnerable Adolescent Girls
Sarah Engebretsen, Population Council

I Know. I Want. I Dream. Girls’ Insights for Building a Better World
A Warner, G Hollingworth, L Thompson, S Petroni, M Sexton, J Song, J Khada, K Jennings, ICRW and Nike Foundation

Violence Against Adolescent Girls: A Fundamental Challenge to Meaningful Equality
Judith Bruce, Population Council

Child Marriage

Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives
Rachel Vogelstein, Council on Foreign Relations

Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy
Nancy Williamson, Robert W. Blum, UNFPA


Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Girls Through the HIV Response
Luisa Orza, UNAIDS and the Athena Network

Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-Partner Sexual Violence
World Health Organization, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, South African Medical Research Council

Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting: A Statistical Overview and Exploration of the Dynamics of Change

United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to GBV Globally

Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific
Partners for Prevention

Violence Prevention: The Evidence: Overview
World Health Organization and Liverpool JM: Centre for Public Health

Hidden Violence: Preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of adolescent boys – Case Studies and Directions for Action (2012)

U.S Action Plan on Children in Adversity

Technical Guides and Program Evaluations

Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs
PEPFAR, USAID, and Together for Girls

GBV and HIV: A Program Guide for Integrating GBV Prevention and Response in PEPFAR Programs

PEPFAR, USAID Preventing Violence: Evaluating Outcomes of Parenting Programmes
World Health Organization

Engaging Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence: A Multi-Country Intervention and Impact Evaluation Study (2012)


Sexual Violence Research Initiative: SVRI provides a list of journal articles and reports on child sexual abuse and the effects on children of sexual violence against women.

What Works for Women: A comprehensive review of data from HIV/AIDS interventions for women and girls, spanning 2,500 articles and reports, with data close to 100 countries, that has uncovered a number of interventions for which there is substantial evidence of success: from prevention, treatment, care and support to strengthening the enabling environment for policies and programming.

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