Haiti is the first country in the Caribbean to undertake the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS). The Government of Haiti led the implementation of the VACS in 2012, and launched the VACS report in 2014 with strong representation from across government ministries and civil society.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population coordinated the implementation of the VACS with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and support from PEPFAR, UNICEF, and the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development.
The Haiti VACS surveyed participants living in camp settings following the 2010 earthquake. This implementation included questionnaire adaptations as well as a methodological approach of sampling settlement camps as a separate stratum.
This experience provided Haiti with the ability to understand the particular violence risks of children and adolescents living in a post-disaster camp setting, and to inform prevention and response efforts unique to this population.
Ahead of the survey in Haiti, a qualitative study was conducted to inform and strengthen the VACS, specifically the questionnaire.
VACS completed, implementing response
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.
This study utilized a three-stage clustered sampling design to administer a population-based household survey about victimization due to physical violence to 13–24 year old Haitians.
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.
Guidance for measuring violence against children in humanitarian settings.
This study explores the rarely studied prevalence and dynamics around disclosure, reporting, and help seeking behaviours of children who ever experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
This article examines the effect of internal displacement from the 2010 Haitian earthquake on long-term physical, emotional, and sexual violence against children.
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.
Explore this study examining the prevalence of, and relationships between, violence victimization and negative health correlates of Haitian youth exposed to the 2010 earthquake.
This study aims to explore the effects of poly-victimisation and gender attitudes on mental distress and suicidal ideation among adolescent girls in Cambodia and Haiti.
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.
Learn more about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), including background on the process for implementation, details about the type of data found in the surveys, and information on where the surveys have been conducted so far.
Explore this analysis looking at risk factors of childhood emotional, physical, sexual violence, and polyvictimization for children aged 13–17 from Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys across six countries.
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.
An overview of the data found in Haiti's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
Explore the data in Haiti's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
This report summarizes the content and recommendations that emerged from the Global Meeting on Violence against Children in Ezulwini, Swaziland, 2014.