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Dr Emma Katz

School of Social Science
0151 291 3513
Arts and Humanities


Dr Emma Katz researches the impacts of domestic violence and abuse on children and mother-child relationships. Her work explores coercive control, agency, resistance, recovery and mother-child mutual supportiveness in domestic abuse contexts.

She has received international acclaim, winning Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)'s Corinna Seith Prize for the best publication of the year* for her article on children's experiences of coercive control

Dr Katz welcomes emails from people seeking a supervisor for a PhD on domestic violence and abuse, or other gender based violence issues. She can be contacted at

Follow Emma on Twitter @DrEmmaKatz


- Katz, Emma (in preparation for summer 2020) Domestic Violence, Coercive Control and Mother-Child Relationships: Harms, Resistance and Recovery, New York: Oxford University Press. 

- Katz, Emma (under review) Violence Against Women

- Radford, Lorraine, Nancy Lombard, Fransizka Meinck, Emma Katz and Stanford Mahati (2017) 'Researching Violence with Children: Experiences and Lessons from the UK and South Africa', Families, Relationships and Societies, 6 (2): 239-256. DOI: 10.1332/204674317X14861128190401 Available from:

- Katz, Emma (2017) 'Coercive Control: How it Impacts Children in Many Different Ways', Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 9 (4): 61-65. Available from:

- Katz, Emma (2016) ‘Beyond the Physical Incident Model: How Children Living with Domestic Violence are Harmed by and Resist Regimes of Coercive Control’, Child Abuse Review, 25 (1): 46-59. DOI: 10.1002/car.2422 Available from: *Corinna Seith Prize

- Katz, Emma (2015) ‘Recovery-Promoters: Ways that Mothers and Children Support One Another’s Recoveries from Domestic Violence’, British Journal of Social Work, 45 (sup. 1): i153-i169. DOI:10.1093/bjsw/bcv091 Available from:

- Katz, Emma (2015) ‘Domestic Violence, Children’s Agency and Mother-Child Relationships: Towards a More Advanced Model’, Children and Society, 29 (1): 69-79. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12023 Available from:

- Katz, Emma (2014) 'Strengthening Mother-Child Relationships as Part of Domestic Violence Recovery', Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (Research Briefing 72), University of Edinburgh. Available from: 

Dr Katz completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy, in 2015.

Emma's article 'Beyond the Physical Incident Model' was the most downloaded of 2016 in the journal Child Abuse Review (ranked 9/40 in Social Work - Thomson Reutres). The article was downloaded over 3000 times in its first two years of publication, and holds the highest Altmetric score for the journal.

Current projects:

Partner on project at University of Lapland, Finland, investigating how children are affected when one of their parents is stalked. The project is funded by €480,000 from the Academy of Finland.

Monitoring and evaluating Survivors to Thrivers project, that promotes recovery from domestic abuse at The First Step in Liverpool. The project is funded by £17,200 from the Big Lottery Fund.


£17,200.00 from the Big Lottery Fund for monitoring and evaluation of the ‘Survivors to Thrivers’ project (2016)

£1071.00 from HEIF Route to Impact Funding, Liverpool Hope University, to host workshop with local practitioners (2017)

£500.00 from Community Partnership Fund, University of Nottingham, to host workshop with local practitioners (2014)

Selected invited talks to practitioners:

Katz, Emma, 'Coercive Control: Children and Mothers' Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Domestic Abuse Conference, Liverpool, 22 November 2017 (audience of 200). 

Katz, Emma ‘Keynote Speaker - Impacts of Coercive Control on Children’, Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board Annual Conference - Domestic Abuse: Through the Eyes of Children and Young People, Plymouth, 28 March 2017 (audience of 250).

Katz, Emma ‘Harmful Impacts of Living with Coercive Control’, NHS Lothian 12th Annual Child Protection Conference, Edinburgh, 10 June 2016 (audience of 300).

Knowledge exchange and media appearances:

Dr Katz welcomes invitations to share her research via the media and at conferences and events.

BBC Radio Merseyside - Dr Katz recently shared her research with the public via a 60 minute guest spot on the Roger Phillips show (20.12.16):

- 'thank you for taking part in the domestic abuse radio phone-in yesterday. The response in the office has been fantastic and everyone was really impressed with your input to the discussion. There was a great response from callers too, which is exactly what we wanted!' (BBC journalist). 

She has an article in 'Domestic Violence Report', read by judges, social workers and federal policy makers in the USA.

She has given numerous invited talks to front-line practitioners.

Hope Star teaching award winner 2015, 2017 and 2018:

'Emma is a wonderful person to be taught by. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is always happy to answer any questions. I’d give her 10/10 as a teacher.' 

'Emma breaks things down and explains them very well - I have understood complex teachings on things that are new to me.'

'Loved having Emma, she is easy to talk to and has a fantastic subject knowledge that we can really benefit from. Thank you Emma!'

Teaching and administration:

Dr Katz is course leader for the third year of BA Childhood and Youth, which focuses on contemporary issues in children's and young people's lives including: 

  • gender inequalities
  • sexuality
  • poverty
  • racism
  • trauma and mental health

She is dissertation coordinator for BA Childhood and Youth, and has supervised several Masters students to successful completion of their dissertations.

Dr Katz is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Major responsibilities at the University include: 

  • REF Unit Coordinator, Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment, University level (2016-18)
  • REF Steering Committee, University level (2016-18)
  • Research Committee, Faculty level (2016-18)
  • Leader of the 'Postgraduate Student Experience' Community of Practice, University level (2016-18)
  • Lead Practitioner, Faculty level (2017-18)
  • Faculty Quality Learning and Teaching Committee, Faculty level (2017-18)
  • Ethics Committee, Faculty level (2015-16)


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