The Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) are led by national governments with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, as part of the Together for Girls partnership.
Most countries that conduct a VACS sign a data-sharing agreement with survey partners that sets the terms and conditions associated with the storage, access, protection, and use of data collected as part of the VACS.
The data sharing agreement specifies when and how the data from the VACS will become publicly available for use by third parties who want to conduct additional analyses with VACS data.
Before diving into the VACS datasets, we encourage you to review the country-specific questionnaires and codebooks. These resources will help you complete the information in the form to request access to VACS datasets. For every VACS country, there are three distinct questionnaires (head of household, male and female). The male and female questionnaires are identical, with the exception of the pregnancy-related questions. Each country folder also includes a codebook and, in some cases, a data user guide.
This resource provides evidence that VACS data and associated processes contribute to meaningful policy change and action to end violence against children and adolescents and gender-based violence.
Explore this study on peer-reviewed research which used Violence Against Children and Youth (VACS) data or mentioned the VACS.
Explore the results from a secondary analysis of VACS data by Together for Girls, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Global Affairs Canada.
Explore the key findings and recommendations in this policy brief based upon a global systematic review and meta-analysis of factors associated with physical, emotional, and sexual violence against children in ow- and middle-income countries.
Linking Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action: CDC and the Together for Girls Partnership is intended to serve as a guide for countries and Together for Girls partners interested in undertaking VACS and supporting data-informed actions to address the burden and consequences of violence against children and youth.
This study examines the association between intimate partner violence victimization, perpetration, and mental health outcomes for male and female adolescents and young adults.
This study aims to quantify the prevalence of forced sex, pressured sex, and related pregnancy among adolescent girls and young women in five low- and middle-income countries.
This analysis examines the association between intimate partner violence perpetration and mental health for male and female adolescents and young adults in Nigeria.
This study examines the gendered association of acceptance of intimate partner violence across age, marital status, and education attainment — for male and female adolescents and young adults.
The purpose of this study was to investigate experiences of violence by age and sex across in Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania.
This study examines how exposure to emotional violence is associated with suicide ideation in childhood and adolescence in low- and middle-income countries.
This study examined the prevalence of forced sexual initiation and its consequences associated with forced sexual initiation among youth aged 13–24 years in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
This purpose of this study is to describe associations between childhood violence and forced sexual initiation in young Malawian females.
From 2013 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with Together for Girls and the governments of Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia to plan and implement Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys.
This study explores the association between emotional, physical, and sexual violence against children with physical intimate partner violence in young adulthood.
This analysis explores the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and HIV sexual risk-taking behaviors among young adults in Malawi.
This white paper seeks to fill a gap in the field by describing strategies for interviewer recruitment and training for population-based studies on violence with child research participants.
This article explores the prevalence, circumstances, and health outcomes associated with childhood sexual violence.
This study examines the association between exposures to violence in childhood, including exposure to multiple forms of violence, with young men's perpetration of intimate partner violence.
This study sought to produce the first internationally comparable estimates of the magnitude, characteristics, risk factors, and consequences of sexual violence against boys in three countries.
This article explores findings from Haiti’s first nationally representative survey focused on childhood violence to help inform the development of a national action plan for violence against children.
This study explores the evidence linking violence against women and HIV, including on the cycle of violence and the links between violence against children and women.
This study examines exposure to multiple forms of violence among Malawian children and youth and their association with mental health outcomes.
Explore this study on the scope and characteristics of childhood physical abuse in Swaziland.
This article explores risk factors for sexual violence in childhood in a nationally representative sample of females aged 13 to 24 years in Swaziland.