Haiti

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Haiti is the first country in the Caribbean and the first emergency-affected country to undertake the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) following the earthquake in 2010. The Survey took place in 2012, and data provided through the VACS includes violence occurring in camps, as well as analysis of the risk of violence to children who are or have been domestic workers (restavek). A qualitative report on the Haiti VACS is complete, and the VACS data has been collected and analysed. The final report was launched in October 2014, with strong representation from across government ministries and civil society.

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For an overview of the data found in Haiti’s Violence Against Children Survey, download the Haiti one-pager factsheet.

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Key highlights include:

 

26% of girls experienced sexual violence in childhood.

 

For girls, working as a restavek (domestic servant) was significantly associated with increased risk of sexual violence.

 

Forms of violence commonly overlap; one third of females reported experiencing multiple types of violence before they reached 18.

 

57% of girls who experienced sexual violence as a child told someone about it, but only 10% of girls received professional services after the violence occurred.

 

61% of girls experienced physical violence during childhood.

21% of boys experienced sexual violence in childhood.

 

For both boys and girls, working as a restavek (domestic servant) was significantly associated with increased risk of sexual violence.

 

For boys, working for money or other payments also increased the risk of childhood sexual violence.

 

Forms of violence commonly overlap; one fourth of males reported experiencing multiple types of violence before they reached 18.

 

37% of boys who experienced sexual violence as a child told someone about it, but only 7% of boys received professional services after the violence occurred.

 

57% of boys experienced physical violence during childhood.

Download the reports:

2014 - Violence Against Children in Haiti: Findings from a 2012 National Survey

2011 - Violence Against Children in Haiti: Qualitative Report

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Haiti is currently in the process of developing its response plan. Check back for more progress updates.

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Partners are currently working to prevent and respond to violence through advocacy and public awareness efforts. Stay tuned for updates!

Haiti Partners:

Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations: USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, IOM, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP)

 

Government:  Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (lead ministry), Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education

 

Non-Government: Brigade for the Protection of Minors, Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, KOFAVIV, PotoFamm+Fi, Kay Fanm, ANAPFEH, World Vision, ENPAK, Handicap International, HPP AKSE: Health Policy Project, University Research Cooperation

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