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.

Titlesort icon Authors Year Type of Publication
La Transmission de la Violence Sexuelle: Description du Phénomène et Pistes de Compréhension

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Cyr, Mireille

2003 Journal article
Legal and Policy Responses to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Need to Evaluate Intended and Unintended Consequences

Jaffe, Peter
Crooks, Claire
Wolfe, David

2003 Journal article
Les variations des taux de mauvais traitements envers les enfants : réalités épidémiologiques ou changements de normes?

Léveillé, Sophie
Bouchard, Véronique
Adam, Catherine
Tremblay-Renaud, Amélie
Roy, Catherine

2006 Presentation
Liability considerations in child welfare: lessons from Canada

Kanani, Karima
Regehr, Cheryl
Bernstein, Marvin M.

2002 Journal article
L’évolution de la sévérité de la maltraitance au Québec

Hélie, Sonia
Roy, Catherine

2010 Other
Maltreatment and Trauma: Tracking the Connections in Adolescence

Scott, Katreena
Wolfe, David
Wekerle, Christine

2003 Journal article
Maltreatment rates in children with developmental delay

Brown, Ivan
Schormans, Ann Fudge

2004 Information sheet
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
Maltreatment‐related Investigations Among Albertan Youth: Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) Report for Experiences of Albertan Youth Project

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012 Report
Mapping Adolescent Health Risk Behaviours

Wekerle, Christine
Wall, Anne-Marie
Knoke, Della

2004 Information sheet