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.

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


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


2019 - Botswana Violence Against Children Survey

Group of African school children inside classroom in very remote school -they are standing inside classroom and looking through the window There is no light and electricity inside the classroom. School is located in very remote area in southern Kenya
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Botswana is currently in the process of developing its response plan. Check back for more progress updates.





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Partners are currently working to prevent and respond to violence through advocacy and public awareness efforts. Stay tuned for updates.

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