Malawi Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report 2015 (data collection 2013)

In 2013, the Government of Malawi launched the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS), with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Together for Girls partnership. The VACS measure multiple forms of violence against children and adolescents including sexual, physical, and emotional; they also provide important data on risk factors, protective factors, and consequences of violence. In 2015, the Government of Malawi launched its official VACS report.

Partners included:

  • Government: Ministry of Gender Children, Disability and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW), Ministry of Disability and Elderly Affairs, Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour, Malawi Police Service, and National Statistics Office.
  • Bilateral and multilateral organizations: UNICEF Malawi, CDC Division of Violence Prevention, UN Women, UNFPA, USAID, WHO, and PEPFAR.
  • Non-government: Centre for Youth and Children’s Affairs, District Social Welfare office (Chiradzulu, Zomba, and Blantyre), Malawi Human Rights Commission, University of Malawi Centre for Social Research, Eye of the Child, Foundation for Children Rights, Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre, National Child Justice Forum, Norwegian Church Aid , Plan Malawi, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children Malawi, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, World Vision Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO), and Youth Watch Society.
Malawi VACS report cover