Haiti

Haiti

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.

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: UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP), USAID

 

Government: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services, the Department of Children’s Services, the National Council for Children’s Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Police Commission

 

Non-Government: Lwala Community Alliance, Nairobi’s Women’s Hospital, Save the Children, Child Rights Advisory, Documentation and Legal Center (the Cradle), and African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)

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