Understanding How Coercive Control Harms Children w/ Dr. Emma Katz

November 15, 2022 | 1:00PM GMT (London) | 8:00AM EST (New York)
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This webinar will explore how coercive control is a multi-stranded form of abuse that encompasses many forms of harm to adults and many acts of child abuse and neglect towards children. It will examine the underlying motivation behind every type of harm carried out by the perpetrator: that is, to control, dominate, and hold power over their families. Drawing on Dr Emma Katz's new book Coercive Control in Children's and Mothers' Lives, the webinar will explore how professionals can identify and explain the harms that coercively controlling fathers cause to their children, in ways that go far beyond the children witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse.
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**This webinar will be available for on-demand viewing through Safe & Together Institute's Virtual Academy for 60 days following live broadcast**
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About Dr. Emma Katz

Dr. Emma Katz, Ph.D., is an internationally-renowned expert in domestic abuse and coercive control, whose work has influenced legislation in the UK and overseas. Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse where perpetrators use a pattern of threats, humiliation and intimidation to control and dominate their partner and children, depriving them of independence and isolating them from support. Because coercive control does not always involve physical violence, it has often been under-reported and under-recognised. It was recognised as a criminal offence in England and Wales in 2015.

Emma’s research with mothers and children who have survived coercive control has transformed understandings of domestic abuse. Children’s experiences of coercive control were largely invisible prior to Emma’s work, which found that children were affected by many forms of abuse beyond physical violence against their mother, including imprisonment, deprivation of resources, and isolation from the outside world. Emma’s research findings on children and coercive control have been used to train professionals internationally.

Her book, Coercive Control in Children’s and Mothers’ Lives (2022, Oxford University Press) is described as a ‘pioneering work’ that ‘will change how we understand and respond to children’s experience of domestic abuse’ (Evan Stark, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University).

Dr. Emma Katz gained her Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, UK.
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