Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) was the first country to undertake the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in 2007. The first of its kind, the survey was led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, with support from UNICEF, PEPFAR, and UNAIDS.
Implemented by the Swaziland Central Statistics Office with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the survey focused on sexual, physical, and emotional violence against girls and young adult females between the ages of 13 and 24. Since then, all future VACS included boys’ experiences.
In 2021, data collection was completed for Eswatini’s second VACS, this time including the experiences of both boys and girls. Conducting a second VACS in a country allows the opportunity to measure progress made since the first VACS and identify emerging trends in violence against children.
In December 2022, Eswatini launched its Priority Indicator Report (PIR), which presents the priority indicators from Eswatini’s second VACS. Eswatini will hold its Data to Action workshop and launch its full VACS report in 2023.
In 2021, data collection was completed for Eswatini’s second VACS, this time including the experiences of both boys and girls. On December 7, 2022, Eswatini launched its Priority Indicator Report (PIR), which presents the priority indicators from Eswatini’s second VACS.
Data collection for the second VACS in Eswatini
The Government of Eswatini hosted the first Violence Against Children Global Meeting: “From Research to Action: Advancing Prevention and Response to Violence Against Children”, where participants from 20 countries engaged with the VACS process met to discuss progress, research on what works to prevent and respond to violence, and next steps.
Passed the Children’s Protection and Welfare Bill and the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill in 2011.
Explore the data in Eswatini's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) Priority Indicator Report.
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 article explores the analysis of the associations between emotional abuse and putative risk, and protective factors and health outcomes.
This paper uses data on childhood violence for 10,042 individuals from Cambodia, Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania.
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 report summarizes the content and recommendations that emerged from the Global Meeting on Violence against Children in Ezulwini, Swaziland, 2014.
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.
This study looks at the prevalence and circumstances of sexual violence in girls in Swaziland, and assesses the negative health consequences.
On May 11-13, 2022, senior government officials and civil society leaders from over 30 African countries gathered at the Pan-African symposium on violence prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Launched in 2007, the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys in Eswatini was the first of its kind and a prototype for surveys to come, focused on sexual, physical, and emotional violence against girls and young women.
We’re reflecting on a truly pivotal moment in our partnership’s history: the launch of the first Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).