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
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
Child Maltreatment: Risk of Adjustment Problems and Dating Violence in Adolescence

Wolfe, David
Scott, Katreena
Wekerle, Christine
Pittmam, Anna-Lee

 

2001 Journal article
Childhood Maltreatment, Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology, and Adolescent Dating Violence: Considering the Value of Adolescent Perceptions of Abuse and a Trauma Mediational Model

Wekerle, Christine
Wolfe, David
Hawkins, D. Lynn
Pittman, Anna-Lee
Glickman, Ashley
Lovald, Benedicte

2001 Journal article
Multiple Maltreatment, Attribution of Blame, and Adjustment Among Adolescents

McGee, Robin
Wolfe, David
Olson, James

2001 Journal article
Proximate Effects of a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program in Elementary School Children

Hébert, Martine
Lavoie, Francine
Piché, Christiane
Poitras, Michèle

2001 Journal article
Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect 1993/1998: Maltreatment rates

Trocmé, Nico
Siddiqi, Jasmine
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Sullivan, Sue

2002 Information sheet
Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect 1993/1998: Source of referrals

Trocmé, Nico
Neves, Teresa
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Sullivan, Sue

2002 Information sheet
Ontario incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect 1993/1998: Outcomes of investigations

Trocmé, Nico
Siddiqi, Jasmine
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Sullivan, Sue

2002 Information sheet