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.

Titlesort icon Authors Year Type of Publication
Association of caregiver social support with the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in child welfare

Rajendran, Khushmand
Smith, Brenda D.
Videka, Lynn

2015 Journal article
Association of child abuse exposure with suicidal ideation, suicide plans, and suicide attempts in military personnel and the general population in Canada

Afifi, Tracie O.
Taillieu, Tamara
Zamorski, Mark A.
Turner, Sarah
Cheung, Kristene
Sareen, Jitender

2016 Journal article
Association of child sexual abuse and dating victimization with mental health disorder in a sample of female adolescents

Hébert, Martine
Lavoie, Francine
Vitaro, Frank
McDuff, Pierre
Tremblay, Richard E.

2008 Journal article
Attentional and executive functions in neglected children

Nadeau, Marie-Eve
Nolin, Pierre

2013 Journal article
Attentional and executive functions in neglected children

Nadeau, Marie-Eve
Nolin, Pierre

2013 Journal article
Attributions and Coping in Sexually Abused Adolescents Referred for Group Treatment

Daigneault, Isabelle
Hébert, Martine
Tourigny, Marc

2006 Journal article
Augmentation récente de l’incidence des agressions sexuelles au Québec

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hélie, Sonia
Roy, Catherine

2010 Other
Awareness and Detection of the Co-Occurrence of Interparental Violence and Child Abuse: Child Welfare Worker's Perspective

Bourassa, Chantal
Lavergne, Chantal
Damant, Dominique
Lessard, Geneviève
Turcotte, Pierre

2006 Journal article
BC's Children in Care: Improving Data and Outcomes Reporting

McKinnon, Ian

2006 Report
British Columbia Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect - 2008 (BCIS-2008)

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Sinha, Vandna
Douglas, Janet
Barker, Alison
Horvath, Scott
Hamilton, Laura
Gail, Jordan
Kitt, Olivia
Zelt, Carolyn
Fast, Elizabeth
Thomas-Prokop, Shelley 
Hutcheon, Emily 
Budgell, Danielle
Daoust, Gabrielle 

2011 Report