Dr Emma Katz researches the impacts of domestic violence & abuse on children and mother-child relationships. Her work explores coercive control, agency, resistance, recovery and mother-child supportiveness in domestic abuse contexts. Today we talk with her about her recent work in the field and some of the huge societal changes that are yet to take place.
- More details about Emma here https://www.hope.ac.uk/si/dr-emma-katz.html
- You can find research articles by Dr Emma Katz here on Academia http://lhu.academia.edu/DrEmmaKatz
- A slideshow of much of the points we discussed in the show are here https://avaproject.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Emma-Katz-2016.pdf
- And for those of you on Research Gate Emma is here https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emma_Katz2
Very good pod cast. Address the denial of emotionally abuse. Helping children by not moving them around but addressing the perpetrating father.
Very good explination of 3 types of impact to children from fathers.
Got triggered listening having experienced this situation yet good overview of how to manage the abuse.
Good tips for therapist . I can imagine how neuroscience can work with this.
Please note my question below.
Humanity needs to deal with female perpetrators of abuse as well; it must stop ignoring the equally damaging effects – upon their partners and the children.
Abusers are not gender specific; victims are not gender specific.
What about the situation concerning female perpetrators of domestic abuse? For example, our mother committed decades of emotional, psychological and physical abuse against me (the youngest), my elder brother and our sister. She even stamped, kicked and punched me when I was nine years old; her behaviours – in all respects – have never stopped: she assaulted my brother just a few years ago (she was 72; he didn’t react but just took the punches, etc. Our sister told our stepfather that if she ever did that again (she saw the bruises and scratches) she would call the police and write a full statement our our childhood and the continued abuse.
My ex-wife conducted 10+ years of coercively controlling, psychological and emotional abuse, including restricting my access to my healthcare (I have an incurable, life threatening condition that I have had since I was six years old). She also belittled, devalued and denigrated my homecarer role, whilst I supported every one of her academic and career ambitions.
She is now using our children and “weaponising” our children against me.
What do I do to stop the repeat of my childhood upon our children? Currently, the family and justice system is not listening and ignoring my evidence.