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Malawi Violence Against Children and Young Women Survey 2013


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Violence Against Children and Young People in Malawi survey
Malawi (MWI)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
09/2013 - 10/2013
Series or system 
Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The Violence Against Children Study (VACS) is a global effort to collect data on violence against children. The study monitors the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, emotional violence, and exploitation. VACS aims to inform prevention efforts and policy regarding child safety, monitor the utilization of health services, and estimate prevalence of violence agaisnt children.

The 2013 VACS conducted in Malawi was the 8th VACS overall. Data were collected through a household survey and 2,162 interviews were completed. The study interviewed 1,029 females and 1,133 males between the ages of 13 to 24 years. The study split the sample into two age groups: participants 18 to 24 years and participants 13 to 17. The older group was canvassed for experiences of violent acts prior to age 18. The younger group was asked to recount experiences that had occurred in the 12 months preceding the survey.