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|
|Trauma-Related Symptoms in Neglected Preschoolers and Affective Quality of Mother-Child Communication||
|Child Maltreatment in Québec: Findings from the Incidence Study of 1998||
Tourigny,Marc, Mayer, Micheline, Lavergne, Chantal, Trocmé, Nico, Wright, John & Daigneault, Isabelle
|Cortisol reactivity to social stress in adolescents: Role of depression severity and child maltreatment||
|A comparison of First Nations and non-Aboriginal children investigated for maltreatment in Canada in 2003||
|Externalizing Problems and Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Same Etiology?||
|Is child abuse declining in Canada? An analysis of child welfare data||
|Effects of a Psychoeducational Group Intervention for Children Victims of Sexual Abuse||
|Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (OIS‑2008)||
|The Association Between Childhood Maltreatment and Gambling Problems in a Community Sample of Adult Men and Women||
Hodgins, David C.
|The association between childhood physical abuse and heart disease in adulthood: Findings from a representative community sample||