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 Authorssort icon Year Type of Publication
Child welfare responses linked to subtypes of exposure to intimate partner violence: Evidence from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect
Gonzalez, Andrea
MacMillan, Harriet
Tanaka, Masako
Jack, Susan M. 
Tonmyr, Lil
2017 Journal article
The association between peer victimization, PTSD, and dissociation in child victims of sexual abuse
Hébert, Martine
Langevin, Rachel
Daigneault, Isabelle
2016 Journal article
Sleep problems and dissociation in preschool victims of sexual abuse
Hébert, Martine
Langevin, Rachel
Guidi, Elisa
Allard-Dansereau, Claire
2016 Journal article
Child sexual abuse as a risk factor for teen dating violence: Findings from a representative sample of Quebec youth
Hébert, Martine
Moreau, Catherine
Blais, Martin
Lavoie, Francine
Guerrier, Mireille
2016 Journal article
Child sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, and mental health problems among high schools students: A moderated mediated model
Hébert, Martine 
Cénat, Jude Mary
Blais, Martin
Lavoie, Francine
Guerrier, Mireille
2016 Journal article
The relation of childhood maltreatment to psychotic symptoms in adolescents and young adults with depression
Holshausen, Katherine
Bowie, Christopher R.
Harkness, Kate L. 
2016 Journal article
Gender differences in emotion-mediated pathways from childhood sexual abuse to problem drinking in adolescents in the child welfare system
Hudson, Amanda
Wekerle, Christine
Goldstein, Abby L. 
Ellenbogen, Stephen
Waechter, Randall
Thompson, Kara
Stewart, Sherry H. 
2016 Journal article
The lie is that it’s not going to get better”: Narratives of resilience from childhood exposure to Intimate Partner Violence
Jenney, Angelique
Alaggia, Ramona
Niepage, Mark
2016 Journal article
Stress generation in adolescence: Contributions from Five-Factor Model (FFM) personality traits and childhood maltreatment
Kushner, Shauna C
Bagby, R. Michael
Harkness, Kate L.
2016 Journal article
The relation between interviewers’ personal characteristics and investigative interview performance in a child sexual abuse context
Lafontaine, Jonathan
Cyr, Mireille
2016 Journal article