Child Abuse & Neglect

Child abuse and neglect include acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that result in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.  The five primary forms of maltreatment are physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence.

For a document that outlines definitions of frequently used terms in child abuse and neglect research, see the page with the glossary of social work and child maltreatment related terms.

You can get more information on the signs of child maltreatment from the Family Violence Initiative, operated by the Department of Justice of Canada. You can also contact Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 for further information.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or are looking for information about services for children or families experiencing difficulties you can contact your local child welfare authority. Click here to find the local child authority agency in your province or territory. Please visit our FAQs section to learn more about child abuse and neglect.

Title Authorssort icon Year Type of Publication
Maltreatment‐related Intervention Services Received by Albertan Youth: Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) Report for Experiences of Albertan Youth Project

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012 Report
Emergency Room Visits by Albertan Youth: Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) Report for Experiences of Albertan Youth Project

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012 Report
CYDL Data Byte 11: Emergency Room Visits by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
Physical violence and psychological aggression towards children: Five-year trends in practices and attitudes from two population surveys

Clément, Marie-Ève
Chamberland, Claire

2007 Journal article
The role of parental stress, mother’s childhood abuse and perceived consequences of violence in predicting attitudes and attribution in favor of corporal punishment

Clément, Marie-Ève
Chamberland, Claire

2009 Journal article
Disciplining Children in Québec: Parenting norms and practices in 2004

Clément, Marie-Ève
Chamberland, Claire
Aubin, Jacynthe
Dubeau, Denis

2005 Report
La Transmission de la Violence Sexuelle: Description du Phénomène et Pistes de Compréhension

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Cyr, Mireille

2003 Journal article
Comparing Dissociation and PTSD in Sexually Abused School-Aged Girls

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hébert, Martine

2005 Journal article
Agression sexuelle et symptômes de dissociation chez des filles d’âge scolaire

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hébert, Martine
Brabant, Marie-Ève

2007 Book chapter
Augmentation récente de l’incidence des agressions sexuelles au Québec

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hélie, Sonia
Roy, Catherine

2010 Other