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The Botswana Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development led the implementation of the VACS in 2015.


Botswana, with support from PEPFAR, is the first country to have included HIV testing. They launched their VACS report in December 2019.

Data Highlights

For an overview of the data found in Botswana’s Violence Against Children Survey, download the Botswana one-pager fact sheet.


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Key highlights include:


9% of girls experienced sexual violence in childhood.


28% of girls experienced physical violence in childhood.


6% of girls and young women who experienced pressured or physically forced sex reported a resultant pregnancy.


Among girls who have experienced sexual violence, less than 18% of girls received help.


6% of boys experienced sexual violence in childhood.


43% of boys experienced physical violence in childhood.


Among boys who have experienced sexual violence, 3% of boys received help

Botswana VACS Partners

Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations: UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP), and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


Government: Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Statistics Botswana

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