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 Yearsort icon Type of Publication
New Brunswick Family Services Act

The Government of New Brunswick

1980 Other
Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse or Neglect 1993 (OIS-1993) 1998 Report
Building Bridges: The Collaborative Development of Culturally Appropriate Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect for the South Asian Community

Maiter, Sarah
Trocmé, Nico
George, Usha

2000 Report
Type I and Type II Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Sexually Abused Children

Tremblay, Caroline
Hébert, Martine
Piché, Christiane

2000 Journal article
Secondary Analysis of Data from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect

Zuravin, Susan J.

2001 Presentation
Violence conjugale et mauvais traitements envers les enfants : étude des cas signalés à la Direction de la protection de la jeunesse au Québec

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise

2001 Presentation
Transmission intergénérationnelle de la maltraitance : étude des liens entre les facteurs de protection et les facteurs de risque auprès d’une population de mères en difficulté

Moreau, Jacques
Chamberland, Claire
Oxman-Martinez, Jacqueline
Roy, Catherine
Léveillé, Sophie
Laporte, Lise
Tabakian, Nayiri

2001 Report
Contributions féministes à la compréhension du phénomène des mauvais traitements envers les enfants

Lavergne, Chantal
Jacob, Marie
Chamberland, Claire

2001 Presentation
Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 1998 (CIS-1998): Final Report

Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Fallon, Barbara
Daciuk, Joanne
Billingsley, Diane
Tourigny, Marc
Mayer, Micheline
Wright, John
Barter, Ken
Burford, Gale
Hornick, Joe
Sullivan, Richard
McKenzie, Brad

2001 Report
Entente multisectorielle relative aux enfants victimes d’abus sexuels, de mauvais traitements physiques ou d’une absence de soins menaçant leur santé physique

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Ministère de la Justice
Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Ministère de l'Éducation
Ministère de la Famille et de l'Enfance

2001 Report