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 of Publication
Report
Entente multisectorielle relative aux enfants victimes d’abus sexuels, de mauvais traitements physiques ou d’une absence de soins menaçant leur santé physique

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Ministère de la Justice
Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Ministère de l'Éducation
Ministère de la Famille et de l'Enfance

Journal article
Multiple Maltreatment, Attribution of Blame, and Adjustment Among Adolescents

McGee, Robin
Wolfe, David
Olson, James

Journal article
Proximate Effects of a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program in Elementary School Children

Hébert, Martine
Lavoie, Francine
Piché, Christiane
Poitras, Michèle

Presentation
Secondary Analysis of Data from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect

Zuravin, Susan J.

Report
Transmission intergénérationnelle de la maltraitance : étude des liens entre les facteurs de protection et les facteurs de risque auprès d’une population de mères en difficulté

Moreau, Jacques
Chamberland, Claire
Oxman-Martinez, Jacqueline
Roy, Catherine
Léveillé, Sophie
Laporte, Lise
Tabakian, Nayiri

Presentation
Violence conjugale et mauvais traitements envers les enfants : étude des cas signalés à la Direction de la protection de la jeunesse au Québec

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise

Report
Building Bridges: The Collaborative Development of Culturally Appropriate Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect for the South Asian Community

Maiter, Sarah
Trocmé, Nico
George, Usha

Report
Étude exploratoire des manifestations possibles de mauvais traitements psychologiques chez de jeunes parents à risque avec leur enfant d’âge préscolaire : Rapport final

Malo, Claire
Moreau, Jacques
Chamberland, Claire
Roy, Catherine
Léveillé, Sophie
Beauvais, Brigitte

Journal article
Type I and Type II Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Sexually Abused Children

Tremblay, Caroline
Hébert, Martine
Piché, Christiane

Report
Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse or Neglect 1993 (OIS-1993)