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
Trauma-symptom profiles of adolescents in child welfare
Gallitto, Elena
Lyons, Jennifer
Weegar, Kelly
Romano, Elisa
2017 Journal article
Sexual abuse and preschoolers: Forensic details in regard of question types
Gagnon, Karine
Cyr, Mireille
2017 Journal article
The journey of obtaining services: The realities of male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Gagnier, Charlotte
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Sablonnière-Griffin, Mireille De La
2017 Journal article
The disclosure experiences of male child sexual abuse survivors
Gagnier, Charlotte
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
2016 Journal article
Three types of adverse childhood experiences, and alcohol and drug dependence among adults: An investigation using population-based data
Fuller-Thomson, Esme
Roane, Jessica L. 
Brennenstuhl, Sarah
2016 Journal article
Examining the impact of policy and legislation on the identification of neglect in Ontario: Trends over time
Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
Sanders, Jane Elizabeth
Houston, Emmaline A.L.
2016 Journal article
Testing the limits: Extending attachment-based intervention effects to infant cognitive outcome and parental stress
Dubois-Comtois, Karine
Cyr, Chantal
Tarabulsy, George M. 
St-Laurent, Diane
Bernier, Annie
Moss, Ellen
2017 Journal article
Mindfulness as mediator and moderator of post-traumatic symptomatology in adolescence following childhood sexual abuse or assault
Daigneault, Isabelle
Dion, Jacinthe
Hébert, Martine
Bourgeois, Catherine
2016 Journal article
Physical and mental health of sexually abused boys: A 5 year matched-control and cohort study
Daigneault, Isabelle
Bourgeois, Catherine
Vézina-Gagnon, Pascale
Alie-Poirier, Alexane
Dargan, Sonia
Hébert, Martine
Frappier, Jean-Yves
2016 Journal article
The impact of lifetime victimization and polyvictimization on adolescents in Quebec: Mental health symptoms and gender differences
Cyr, Katie
Chamberland, Claire
Clément, Marie-Ève 
Wemmers, Jo-Anne
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Lessard, Geneviève
Gagné, Marie-Hélène
Damant, Dominique
2016 Journal article