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
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
What Predicts Injury from Physical Punishment? A Test of the Typologies of Violence Hypothesis

Gonzalez, Miriam
Durrant, Joan E.
Chabot, Martin
Trocme, Nico
Brown, Jason

2008 Journal article
Prevalence of early childhood caries in a population of children with history of maltreatment

Valencia-Rojas, Nancy
Lawrence, Herenia P.
Goodman, Deborah

2008 Journal article
Ontario incidence studies of reported child abuse and neglect 1998/2003: Outcomes of investigations

Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Black, Tara
Petrowski, Nicole

2008 Information sheet
Child abuse and neglect investigations in Ontario: Comparing 1998 and 2003 data

Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Felstiner, Caroline
Petrowski, Nicole

2008 Information sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Service dispositions for substantiated child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Pitman, Lisa
McCormack, Megan

2008 Information sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Rates of child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
McCormack, Megan
Pitman, Lisa

2008 Information sheet
Cognitive and Emotional Differences Between Abusive and Non-Abusive Fathers

Francis, Karen J.
Wolfe, David

2008 Journal article
Measurement of victimization in adolescence: Development and validation of the childhood experiences of violence questionnaire

Walsh, Christine A.
MacMillan, Harriet
Trocmé, Nico
Jamieson, Ellen
Boyle, Michael H.

2008 Journal article
Knowledge Transfer and Exchange: Disseminating Canadian Child Maltreatment Surveillance Findings to Decision Makers

Jack, Susan
Tonmyr, Lil

2008 Journal article