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
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
CIS-2008: Characteristics of children and families

Trocmé, Fallon, MacLaurin et al.

2010 Information sheet
Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2008 (CIS-2008): Major Findings

Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Sinha, Vandna
Black, Tara
Fast, Elizabeth
Felstiner, Caroline
Hélie, Sonia
Turcotte, Daniel
Weightman, Pamela
Douglas, Janet
Holroyd, Jill

2010 Report
The association between childhood physical abuse and heart disease in adulthood: Findings from a representative community sample

Fuller-Thomson, Esme
Brennenstuhl, Sarah
Frank, John

2010 Journal article
The Association Between Childhood Maltreatment and Gambling Problems in a Community Sample of Adult Men and Women

Hodgins, David C.
Schopflocher, Don P.
el-Guebaly, Nady
Casey, David M.
Smith, Garry J.
Williams, Robert J.
Wood, Robert T.

2010 Journal article