Violence against Children and Youth Survey

Findings from a national survey in 2015-2016

A male secondary school student crossing his arms, face cropped from photo


Violence against children and young people is a fundamental violation of their rights. Sexual, physical and emotional violence has a devastating impact on health and happiness and prevents children and youth from contributing to societies to their full potential.

This survey of over 2,000 children and young people seeks to understand the scale and nature of the problem and to enable appropriate and effective responses to be devised. It provides, for the first time, comparable, national population-based estimates that describe the magnitude and nature of violence experienced by children and youth in Rwanda. This survey also provides information on sexual health risk-taking behaviours as well as children’s knowledge about the availability of services to help young victims of violence.

VACYS Report Cover
UNICEF Rwanda, Government of Rwanda, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC)
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