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Dr Emma Katz

Childhood and Youth
0151 291 3197

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

Dr Emma Katz's research is:

  • Internationally acclaimed, winning two awards - Wiley Prize for best paper published in Child Abuse Review 2015-18 (First Prize); Corinna Seith Prize, best publication as judged by Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE). (Both awards received for 2016 Child Abuse Review article 'Beyond the Physical Incident Model'.)
  • Cited in government policy (UK and Australia) and extensively by organisations and practitioners
  • A REF2021 Impact Case Study

Dr Emma Katz can be contacted at for:

  • invitations to share her research via the media and at conferences and events
  • emails from people seeking a supervisor for a PhD on domestic violence and abuse, or other gender-based violence issues

Follow on Twitter @DrEmmaKatz

At Liverpool Hope University, Dr Emma Katz leads the final year of BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth, teaching popular courses on trauma and mental health in children and young people, domestic abuse, and gender and sexuality.

Winner of 3 'Hope Stars' - Liverpool Hope University's award for teaching excellence, voted for by students.

Prior to joining Liverpool Hope, completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Nottingham, as well as an MA Research Methods (Distinction) and a BA (Hons) Sociology (First Class), University of Nottingham.


Katz, Emma (June 2022) Coercive Control in Children's and Mothers' Lives. New York: Oxford University Press.

Praise for the book: Amidst the failure of police, courts and child welfare to hold male domestic abuse perpetrators accountable, Emma Katz follows fifteen families through their harrowing years of abuse and recovery. In a pioneering work that shows that children are subjected to the same abuse tactics as their mothers, she applies the new paradigm of coercive control to amazing effect, evoking the voices of women and children to identify the multiple forms of harm inflicted, how children resist, and how some women break free. This book will change how we understand and respond to children's experience of domestic abuse. - Evan Stark, PhD, MSW, Author of Coercive Control and Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, New Jersey.

Journal Articles:

Nikupeteri, Anna, Emma Katz, and Merja Laitinen. (2021). Coercive Control and Technology-Facilitated Parental Stalking in Children and Young People's Lives. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 5(3), 395-412. doi: 10.1332/239868021X16285243258834.

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, 25(4), 310-324. doi:10.1002/car.2611. *Most Read Article in the Journal in 2020, with 50,000+ Reads* *Altmetric Score of over 500: #1 Altmetric Score in the Journal* *Most cited article in the journal in the last 2 years*

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), 1829-1853. doi:10.1177/1077801218824998. *Most Read Article in the Journal in 2019, with 10,000+ Reads*

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* *Most Read Article in the Journal in 2016, with 20,000+ Reads* *Fifth Most Cited Article in the Journal*

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. *8,000+ Reads* *Top 5% most cited article in the journal*


Selected conference keynotes

Safe and Together Model Second European Conference. Virtual conference. 9 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.

International collaborations

Collaborative Partner on project on how children are affected when one of their parents is stalked. P.I. Professor Merja Laitinen (University of Lapland). 2017-21 project funded by 480,000 Euros from the Academy of Finland.

PhD external examinerships

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

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

PhD student supervision

Rajinder Kaur 'The Criminalisation of Forced Marriage in the UK: Impacts on Sikh and Muslim Communities and on the Tradition of Arranged Marriage' (2018 - present).


Member of Expert Advisory Panel - Domestic Abuse Policy Guidance for UK Universities, HARM Network/Research England - 2021

Monitoring and evaluations

Monitoring and evaluation of domestic abuse 'Survivors to Thrivers' project at The First Step, Liverpool - completed 2019

Knowledge exchange

  • Numerous invited talks and bespoke training workshops to practitioners
  • News & current affairs: appearances on ITV Granada News; BBC Radio Merseyside; Irish Radio
  • Consultant: BBC One documentary Ian Wright: Home Truths (2021); Hollyoaks soap opera (2020-2021)
  • Featured expert on documentary Caroline: The Murder that Fooled the World (Channel 5, first aired 17.02.2022)

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:

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

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)
  • Chair of the Impact Sub-Committee, School level (2021-present)