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 Yearsort icon Type of Publication
Les variations des taux de mauvais traitements envers les enfants : réalités épidémiologiques ou changements de normes?

Léveillé, Sophie
Bouchard, Véronique
Adam, Catherine
Tremblay-Renaud, Amélie
Roy, Catherine

2006 Presentation
Factors Linked to Outcomes in Sexually Abused Girls : A Regression Tree Analysis

Hébert, Martine
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Daigneault, Isabelle
Parent, Nathalie
Tremblay, Caroline

2006 Journal article
Conditions for Resolving Controversies Between Social Actors in Domestic Violence and Youth Protection Services: Toward Innovative Collaborative Practices

Lessard, Geneviève
Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Damant, Dominique
Turcotte, Daniel

2006 Journal article
The Potential Benefits of Remaining in School on the Long-Term Mental Health Functioning of Physically and Sexually Abused Children: Beyond the Academic Domain

Williams, Simon
MacMillan, Harriet
Jamieson, Ellen 

2006 Journal article
The Influence of Child Abuse on the Pattern of Expenditures in Women's Adult Health Service Utilization in Ontario, Canada 2006 Journal article
Correlates of Behavioral Outcomes in Sexually Abused Children

Hébert, Martine
Tremblay, Caroline
Parent, Nathalie
Daigneault, Isabelle
Piché, Christiane

2006 Journal article
Self-Attributions of Blame in Sexually Abused Adolescents: A Mediational Model

Daigneault, Isabelle
Tourigny, Marc
Hébert, Martine

2006 Journal article
Attributions and Coping in Sexually Abused Adolescents Referred for Group Treatment

Daigneault, Isabelle
Hébert, Martine
Tourigny, Marc

2006 Journal article
Collaborate with caution: protecting children, helping mothers

Davies, Linda
Krane, Julia

2006 Journal article
Internalized Other Interviewing of Children Exposed to Violence

Hurley, Dermot

2006 Journal article