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||Authors||Year||Type of Publication|
|Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse or Neglect 1993 (OIS-1993)||1998||Report|
|The Influence of Child Abuse on the Pattern of Expenditures in Women's Adult Health Service Utilization in Ontario, Canada||2006||Journal article|
|Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (AIS-2008): Major Findings||
|Child physical and sexual abuse in a community sample of young adults: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study||
MacMillan, Harriet L.
Boyle, Michael H.
|An Epidemiological Study of Children Exposure to Violence in the Fragile Families Study||
|Supervisory neglect and risk of harm. Evidence from the Canadian child welfare system.||
|Preliminary evaluation of the Childhood Experiences of Violence Questionnaire Short Form||
|Évolution des familles négligentes : chronicité et typologie. Étude de suivi 1992 à 2005||
Éthier, Louise S.
|Factors related to chronic neglect in families||
Éthier, Louise S.
|CYDL Data Byte 7: Hospitalizations of Albertan Youth||
Child and Youth Data Laboratory