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
Mapping Adolescent Health Risk Behaviours

Wekerle, Christine
Wall, Anne-Marie
Knoke, Della

2004 Information sheet
Risk Factors Associated With the Chronicity of High Potential for Child Abuse and Neglect

Ethier, Louise S.
Couture, Germain
Lacharité, Carl

2004 Report
A Longitudinal study of the effects of chronic maltreatment on children’s behavioral and emotional problems

Ethier, Louise S.
Lemelin, Jean-Pascal
Lacharité, Carl

2004 Report
Consultation sur la révision de la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse

Mayer, Micheline
Chamberland, Claire
Geoffrion, Yvonne

2004 Other
Validation of the French Version of the CTQ and Prevalence of the History of Maltreatment

Paquette, Daniel
Laporte, Lise
Bigras, Marc
Zoccolillo, Mark

2004 Journal article
A Comparative Study of Parental Sensitivity Between Three Groups of Adolescent Mothers

Paquette, Daniel
Zoccolillo, Mark
Bigras, Marc
Labelle, Marie-Ève
Azar, Rima
Emery, Jacinthe

2004 Journal article
The Effects of Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence: A Meta-Analysis and Critique

Wolfe, David
Crooks, Claire
Lee, Vivien
McIntyre-Smith, Alexandra
Jaffe, Peter

2004 Journal article
Predicting Abuse in Adolescent Dating Relationships Over 1 Year: The Role of Child Maltreatment and Trauma

Wolfe, David
Wekerle, Christine
Scott, Katreena
Straatman, Anna-Lee
Grasley, Carolyn

2004 Journal article
Measuring Child Sexual Abuse in Children and Youth

Walsh, Christine A.
Jamieson, Ellen
MacMillan, Harriet
Trocmé, Nico

2004 Journal article
Domestic violence: Protecting children by involving fathers and helping mothers

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise
Baraldi, Rosanna

2003 Information sheet