Did internal displacement from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti lead to long-term violence against children? A matched pairs study design

Understanding how internal displacement affects violence is key in structuring effective prevention and response. This article examines the effect of internal displacement from the 2010 Haitian earthquake on long-term physical, emotional, and sexual violence against children through analysis of violence against adolescent girls and boys within the nationally representative Haiti Violence Against Children Survey.

Internal displacement was not a driver of long-term violence against children in Haiti. Current global protocols in disaster settings may initiate services after the optimal window of time to protect children from violence, and the post-displacement setting may be central in determining violence outcomes.

Child abuse neglect journal