The Government of Tanzania led the implementation of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in 2009, and launched the Tanzania VACS report in 2011.
The Tanzania Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children coordinated the implementation of the VACS with support from UNICEF, PEPFAR, Catapult/Chime for Change, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The final VACS report was followed by a one-year response plan for 2012-2013. A costed three-year “National Plan of Action to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Children” for 2013-2016 was released in June 2013, building on the previous plan.
Under the leadership and guidance of a multi-sector task force, Tanzania’s response has been nested within a comprehensive national Child Protection System.
In 2017, Zanzibar also launched a plan on violence against women and girls and a study on gender norms.
VACS completed, implementing response
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.
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 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 gendered association of acceptance of intimate partner violence across age, marital status, and education attainment — for male and female adolescents and young adults.
Groundbreaking country-led action from a decade of the partnership’s collective work in Tanzania.
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.
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 National Plan of Action provides a five-year national framework for all stakeholders committed to preventing and responding to violence against women and children in Zanzibar.
Explore the findings from this 2017 T-Watoto survey report which will inform the design and implementation of key interventions in engaging with communities to prevent and respond to violence against children.
This paper uses data on childhood violence for 10,042 individuals from Cambodia, Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania.
This article explores the prevalence, circumstances, and health outcomes associated with childhood sexual violence.
The five-year National Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children has been developed by consolidating eight different action plans.
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.
Moving from research into action, the Multi-Sector Task Force agreed key “Priority Responses” across a number of sectors to address the problem of violence: the Police, Justice, Education, Health and Social Welfare, HIV and AIDS, Local Government, Community Development, Civil Society and the Religious Community.
The National baseline survey on life experiences of adolescents is the first nationally representative study on violence against children in Zimbabwe.
Explore the data in Tanzania'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.
Social norms drive gender inequalities and violence, and even though access to education is a human right, learners across the globe are impacted by school-related gender-based violence.
Together for Girls released a new case study highlighting groundbreaking country-led action to end violence against children and youth from a decade of the partnership’s collective work in Tanzania.
A promising intervention to prepare girls for lives as strong, resilient, and adaptable adults.
Justa “Mama J” Mwaituka and her co-founders created Kiota Women’s Health and Development as a safe “nest” for vulnerable Tanzanian youth.
"My life is what I can use to help others, so I have to be a champion. I have to be strong for others.”
“My dream for these children is for them to reach their own dreams according to their own desires.”
“What gives us hope is how we are rescuing these children. If I stop doing this, who will?”
“My request is that we reach more girls all over Tanzania. They need to know that there is a safe space to talk. We’re here.”
“My salon is famous within the community. People are brought to me even if I don’t know them because they know that I am a champion for the victims of sexual violence.”
“With the one stop center, more victims get the services they need on time, right away."
"I started working in violence prevention because I believe that children need to be well-protected to ensure that they can grow and develop."