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|
|Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (OIS‑2008)||
|Effects of a Psychoeducational Group Intervention for Children Victims of Sexual Abuse||
|Is child abuse declining in Canada? An analysis of child welfare data||
|Externalizing Problems and Problematic Sexual Behaviors: Same Etiology?||
|Physical punishment of children: Assessing the validity of the legal definition of “reasonable force”||
|Early childhood home visiting programs||
|Geographic location and short-term service dispositions in Canadian child maltreatment investigations: CIS-2003||
|Child Maltreatment, Bullying, Gender-Based Harassment, and Adolescent Dating Violence: Making the Connections||
|Cortisol response to stress in female youths exposed to childhood maltreatment: Results of the youth mood project||
|Voices of Passion, Voices of Hope||