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VACS Survey Methods

Violence Against Children Surveys are nationally representative household surveys of children and young adults age 13-24 years. Trained interviewers administer household and respondent questionnaires and collect data electronically.

Survey topics include:

  • Background (e.g. demographics, socioeconomic status, and education);
  • Gender Attitudes;
  • Safety;
  • Witnessing Violence;
  • Violence Victimization including: Sexual Violence (i.e. Abuse, Non-Contact Violence, and Exploitation), Physical Violence, and Emotional Violence;
  • Violence Perpetration;
  • Health Risk Behaviors;
  • Health Outcomes; and
  • Service Seeking and Utilization.

For more information about VACS please email vacs@cdc.gov.


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