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Hope Lecturer produces award-winning research

Thursday 22 September 2016

Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Dr Emma Katz's has been named the recipient of a prestigious international award.

Her research into children's experiences of coercive control in contexts of domestic abuse, has won the Corinna Seith Prize, awarded annually by Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) for Best Publication of the Year.

Dr Katz’s article calls for radical changes in how we understand the impacts of domestic abuse on children. It shows that children are not just affected by physical violence - they are affected by the full range of coercive and controlling tactics that come with domestic abuse. 

The children and mothers that Dr Katz interviewed described how, when children are living with a perpetrator of domestic abuse (usually their father), they are often isolated from wider family and friends, not allowed to go out to fun places, and are left ‘walking on eggshells’ at home; tense, worried and desperate. Growing up in an atmosphere of control disempowers these children and undermines their confidence. Dr Katz argues that re-empowering these children in positive ways is crucial if we as a society are to help them recover and reach their potential as adults.

Later this Autumn, Dr Katz will be presented with the award in Berlin, at WAVE's annual international conference attended by many leading persons from the United Nations and European Union.

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