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Dr Emma Katz

Childhood and Youth
0151 291 3513


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

Emma's research is internationally acclaimed, winning both the Wiley Prize for best paper published in Child Abuse Review 2015–18 (First Prize), and Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)'s annual Corinna Seith Prize for best publication.

These two international awards were received for her 2016 article 'Beyond the Physical Incident Model', published in the journal Child Abuse Review.

Emma's research has been extensively utilised by organisations and practitioners and Emma is preparing an Impact Case Study for REF 2021.

Current PhD students: Rajinder Kaur (Oct 2018–present).

Emma 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

At Liverpool Hope University, Emma leads the final year of BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth, where she teaches on domestic abuse, gender and sexuality, and trauma and mental health. She has won three 'Hope Stars' (Hope's award for teaching excellence, as voted for by students).

Prior to joining Liverpool Hope, Emma completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy. She also holds an MA Research Methods (Distinction) and a BA (Hons) Sociology (First Class) from the University of Nottingham.

Follow Emma on Twitter @DrEmmaKatz


Katz, Emma (in preparation) Coercive Control in Children's and Mothers' Lives, New York, Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles:

Laitinen, Merja, Emma Katz and Anna Nikupeteri. (In preparation) Journal of Gender Based Violence 

Katz, Emma, Anna Nikupeteri, and Merja Laitinen. (2020). When Coercive Control Continues to Harm Children: Post-Separation Fathering, Stalking, and Domestic Violence. Child Abuse Review, EarlyView. doi:10.1002/car.2611

Article has an altmetric score of 236

Katz, Emma. (2019). Coercive Control, Domestic Violence and a Five-Factor Framework: Five Factors that Influence Closeness, Distance and Strain in Mother-Child Relationships. Violence Against Women, 25(15), 18291853doi:10.1177/1077801218824998

Article has an altmetric score of 344

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

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 *Wiley Prize for best paper* *Corinna Seith Prize for best paper*

Article has an altmetric score of 367

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), i153–169. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcv091

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


Other outputs:
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:

International Collaborations:

Collaborative Partner on project led by P.I. Professor Merja Laitinen at University of Lapland, Finland, investigating how children are affected when one of their parents is stalked. This 2017–21 project is funded by a €480,000 grant from the Academy of Finland.

Monitoring and Evaluations: 

Monitoring and evaluation of the Survivors to Thrivers project, that promoted recovery from domestic abuse at The First Step in Liverpool – Project completed 2019

Selected Keynotes:

2nd Safe & TogetherTM Model European Conference: Domestic Violence & Children, Liverpool, 7 October 2020

Intervening After Domestic Violence: Working Systemically with Victims, Children and Perpetrators, Dublin, 10 October 2019

International Conference on Honour Related Conflicts, Copenhagen, 22–23 November 2018

Ph.D. External Examinerships:

Saira Khan (City, University of London), 7 August 2020

Cristhie Mella Aguilera (University of Bristol), 28 February 2019

Knowledge exchange:

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

She has given numerous invited talks and bespoke training workshops to practitioners, and has featured on ITV Granada News and BBC Radio Merseyside.

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 Emma Katz is Course Leader for the final year of BA Childhood and Youth. The course 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.

Emma 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–present)
  • REF Steering Committee, University level (2016–present)
  • Research Committee, School level (2020–present)