Nigeria is the first country to undertake and launch the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in West Africa.
The Government of Nigeria led the implementation of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in 2014, and launched the VACS report in 2016. The Federal and State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development coordinated the implementation of the VACS, with support from PEPFAR, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and EU.
In response to the survey findings, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria launched the Year of Action to End Violence against Children in September 2015. This was a call to action for not only federal and state ministries and agencies, but also for NGOs, FBOs, media, communities, parents, and children to join together to prevent and respond to physical, sexual, and emotional violence.
Strong commitments were made to take action to end violence against children, including by the President, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Children’s Parliament, UNICEF, the U.S. Mission, the CSO consortium, Sultan of Sokoto and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, as well as the hosts, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Completed, implementing response
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria launched the Year of Action to End Violence against Children in September 2015.
This study conducts a multi-country, gender-stratified analysis of the relationship between age at first incident of physical violence and outcomes of wellbeing in sub-Saharan Africa.
This study was a secondary analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Zambia.
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.
This analysis employed data from 13–24-year-old females as part of the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) in Nigeria, Uganda, and Malawi.
This study specifically investigates the role of fathers and whether paternal violence victimization is associated with peer violence perpetration, above and beyond maternal violence victimization.
This study seeks to explore the magnitude of witnessing intimate partner violence between caregivers, its association with other types of violence, and the relationship between witnessing intimate partner violence in the past and current mental distress.
This study provides comprehensive evidence on the negative effects of physical, sexual, and emotional violence on children’s well-being and educational outcomes in Northern Nigeria.
This study assessed whether the endorsement of inequitable gender norms about intimate partner violence against women and sexual behavior was associated with intimate partner violence victimization, intimate partner violence perpetration, and sexual risk behavior.
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 outcomes associated with early sexual debut in five sub-Saharan African countries for males and females, separately.
This study examines the independent association between emotional violence and some health conditions, risk taking behaviors, and violence perpetration among Nigerian 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.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Nigeria.
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.
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.
An overview of the data found in Nigeria's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
This article explores how the use of innovative approaches to analyzing proxies for gender norms, generated evidence that gender norms impact the health of women and men across life stages, health sectors, and world regions.
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.
Explore the first study to estimate the economic burden of aspects of violence against children in Nigeria.
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 document sets out the pathway that Nigeria will take to achieve the goal of ending violence against children.
Explore the data in Nigeria's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
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.
Every child around the world deserves the opportunity to learn. Education is a basic human right and a necessary pathway to ending extreme poverty. We know that equitable, quality education has an immense power to transform the lives of individuals, communities, and nations.
Ashleigh Howard — a global health epidemiologist with expertise in violence and HIV — shares her top 10 things you should know about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys.