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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 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 2015–2018 (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 (October 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, expected summer 2020) Coercive Control: Children's and Mothers' Experiences of Harm and Recovery, New York, Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles:

Katz, Emma, Anna Nikupeteri and Merja Laitinen (under review) Child Abuse Review

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 OnlineFirst DOI: 10.1177/1077801218824998 Available from:

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 (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: *Wiley Prize *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:


Other outputs:
Katz, Emma (2016) 'Coercive Control: How it Impacts Children in Many Different Ways', Domestic Violence Report, 22 (1): 1-4. 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:

Current projects:

Collaborative 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 the Survivors to Thrivers project, that promotes recovery from domestic abuse at The First Step in Liverpool.

Selected Keynotes:

Domestic Violence: Working Systematically with Victims, Children and Perpetrators, Dublin, 10 October 2019.

Conference on Coercive Control 2019: Breaking Free, Liverpool, 4 March 2019.

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

Ph.D. External Examinerships:

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.

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, 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.

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)
  • Lead Practitioner, Faculty level (2017-present)
  • Research Committee, Faculty level (2016-18)
  • Faculty Quality Learning and Teaching Committee, Faculty level (2017-18)
  • Ethics Committee, Faculty level (2015-16)