The Violence Against Children and Young People in Malawi survey (VACS) reveals that more than 60% of all Malawians were violated during their childhood. The long-term behavioral and health consequences for the victims of violence have been well documented and are enhanced by VACS. The evidence from VACS establishes that young adults who suffered childhood abuse experience higher rates of mental distress, greater prevalence of smoking and alcohol abuse, more frequent procurement of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and higher rates of self-harming behaviors as adults. Violence also affects their ability to be responsible and productive citizens and future parents. VACS is the first national survey of its kind, and provides a unique opportunity for the Government of Malawi to come join hands with stakeholders from various sectors and collaborate towards the achievement of the common goal of protecting better the most vulnerable in the society and ending violence against children and young people.
Source of Information
Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare of the Republic of Malawi, United Nations Children’s Fund , The Center for Social Research at the University of Malawi, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Violence against Children and Young Women in Malawi: Findings from a National Survey, 2013. Lilongwe, Malawi: Government of Malawi, 2014.