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
Placement decisions and disparities among aboriginal groups: An application of the decision making ecology through multi-level analysis

Fluke, John
Chabot, Martin
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Blackstock, Cindy

2010 Journal article
Placement decisions and disparities among aboriginal groups: An application of the decision making ecology through multi-level analysis

Fluke, John
Chabot, Martin
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Blackstock, Cindy

2010 Journal article
Factor structure and reliability of the childhood trauma questionnaire and prevalence estimates of trauma for male and female street youth

Forde, David R.
Baron, Stephen W.
Scher, Christine D.
Stein, Murray B.

2011 Journal article
Children in Care in Newfoundland and Labrador

Fowler, Ken

2008 Report
Cognitive and Emotional Differences Between Abusive and Non-Abusive Fathers

Francis, Karen J.
Wolfe, David

2008 Journal article
From Evolving Discourses to New Practice Approaches in Domestic Violence and Child Protective Services

Friend, Colleen
Shlonsky, Aron
Lambert, Liz

2008 Journal article
The association between childhood physical abuse and heart disease in adulthood: Findings from a representative community sample

Fuller-Thomson, Esme
Brennenstuhl, Sarah
Frank, John

2010 Journal article
Is the cluster risk model of parental adversities better than the cumulative risk model as an indicator of childhood physical abuse?: Findings from two representative community surveys

Fuller-Thomson, Esme
Sawyer, J.-L.

2012 Journal article
Personality, child maltreatment, and substance use: Examining correlates of deliberate self-harm among university students

Goldstein, Abby L.
Flett, Gordon L.
Wekerle, Christine
Wall, Anne-Marie

2009 Journal article
What Predicts Injury from Physical Punishment? A Test of the Typologies of Violence Hypothesis

Gonzalez, Miriam
Durrant, Joan E.
Chabot, Martin
Trocme, Nico
Brown, Jason

2008 Journal article