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
Prevalence and correlates of multiplevictimization in anation-wide adolescent sample

Romanoa, Elisa
Bella, Tessa
Billetteb, Jean-Michel

2011 Journal article
Parental cognitive impairment and child maltreatment in Canada

McConnell, David
Feldman, Maurice
Aunos, Marjorie
Prasad, Narasimha
 

2011 Journal article
The linkages among childhood maltreatment, adolescent mental health, and self-compassion in child welfare adolescents

Tanaka, Masako
Wekerle, Christine
Schmuck, Mary Lou
Paglia-Boak, Angela

2011 Journal article
Factor structure and reliability of the childhood trauma questionnaire and prevalence estimates of trauma for male and female street youth

Forde, David R.
Baron, Stephen W.
Scher, Christine D.
Stein, Murray B.

2011 Journal article
Developmental and Cultural Assets and Resilient Outcomes in First Nations Young People in Care: An Initial Test of an Explanatory Model

Filbert, Katharine
Flynn, Robert J.

2010 Journal article
L’évolution de la sévérité de la maltraitance au Québec

Hélie, Sonia
Roy, Catherine

2010 Other
Augmentation récente de l’incidence des agressions sexuelles au Québec

Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Hélie, Sonia
Roy, Catherine

2010 Other
Placement decisions and disparities among aboriginal groups: An application of the decision making ecology through multi-level analysis

Fluke, John
Chabot, Martin
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Blackstock, Cindy

2010 Journal article
Placement decisions and disparities among aboriginal groups: An application of the decision making ecology through multi-level analysis

Fluke, John
Chabot, Martin
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Blackstock, Cindy

2010 Journal article
CIS-2008: Characteristics of maltreatment

Trocmé, Fallon, MacLaurin et al.

2010 Information sheet