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
Collaborate with caution: protecting children, helping mothers

Davies, Linda
Krane, Julia

2006 Journal article
Comparative study of the cognitive sequelae of school-aged victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Stipanicic, Annie
Nolin, Pierre
Fortin, Gilles
Gobeil, Marie-France

2008 Journal article
Comparing Dissociation and PTSD in Sexually Abused School-Aged Girls

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hébert, Martine

2005 Journal article
Conditions for Resolving Controversies Between Social Actors in Domestic Violence and Youth Protection Services: Toward Innovative Collaborative Practices

Lessard, Geneviève
Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Damant, Dominique
Turcotte, Daniel

2006 Journal article
Consultation sur la révision de la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse

Mayer, Micheline
Chamberland, Claire
Geoffrion, Yvonne

2004 Other
Continuity and Pathways from Aggression in Childhood to Family Violence in Adulthood: A 30-year Longitudinal Study

Temcheff, Caroline E.
Serbin, Lisa A.
Martin-Storey, Alexa
Stack, Dale M.
Hodgins, Sheilagh
Ledingham, Jane
Schwartzman, Alex E.

2008 Journal article
Contributions féministes à la compréhension du phénomène des mauvais traitements envers les enfants

Lavergne, Chantal
Jacob, Marie
Chamberland, Claire

2001 Presentation
Contributions of the glucocorticoid receptor polymorphism (Bcl1) and childhood abuse to risk of bulimia nervosa

Steiger, Howard
Bruce, Kenneth
Gauvin, Lise
Groleau, Patricia
Joober, Ridha
Israel, Mimi
Richardson, Jodie
Ng Yin Kin, Francois

2011 Journal article
Coping motives as moderators of the relationship between emotional distress and alcohol problems in a sample of adolescents involved with child welfare

Goldstein, Abby L.
Vilhena-Churchill, Natalie
Stewart, Sherry H.
Wekerle, Christine

2012 Journal article
Correlates of Behavioral Outcomes in Sexually Abused Children

Hébert, Martine
Tremblay, Caroline
Parent, Nathalie
Daigneault, Isabelle
Piché, Christiane

2006 Journal article