Elena Martellozzo

Associate Professor in Criminology


Middlesex University

Child Sexual Abuse, Online Child Protection, Online Risks and Harms, Policing, Research methodologies, Online Pornography, Cybercrime, Victims of Cybercrime

Dr Elena Martellozzo is an associate Professor in Criminology at Middlesex University, London. Elena’s research includes exploring children and young people’s online behaviour, the analysis of sexual grooming and police practice in the area of child sexual abuse. In 2003-2009, she carried out innovative research with the newly formed London Metropolitan Police’s Paedophile and High-Tech Crime Unit (2003-2009). She was given unprecedented access to documents, staff, and facilities enabling her to view and understand online predators in their ‘natural environment’. In 2016, she co-led a piece of research on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Office of the he Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) on the impact online pornography may havemore...

PhD (Policing Online Child Sexual Abuse: A Case Study of the London Metropolitan Police); MSc Crime Deviance and Control (With Merit); BA (Hons) Criminology with Economics (Upper Second Class)

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  1. Paula, Bradbury and Elena, Martellozzo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 (2021) “Lucky Boy!”; Public perceptions of child sexual offending committed by women. Journal of Victimology and Victim Justice . ISSN 2516-6069 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/25166069211060091)
  2. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 and DeMarco, Jeffrey ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7160-2100 (2020) Exploring the removal of online child sexual abuse material in the United Kingdom: processes and practice. Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 22 (4) . pp. 331-350. ISSN 1460-3780 [Article] (doi:10.1057/s41300-020-00099-2)
  3. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611, Monaghan, Andrew ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8811-6910, Davidson, Julia and Adler, Joanna R. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2973-8503 (2020) Researching the affects that on online pornography has on U.K. adolescents aged 11 to 16. SAGE Open, 10 (1) . pp. 1-11. ISSN 2158-2440 [Article] (doi:10.1177/2158244019899462)
  4. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 (2019) Online child sexual abuse. In: Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management. Bryce, India, Robinson, Yolande and Petherick, Wayne, eds. Elsevier. pbk-ISBN 9780128153444, e-ISBN 9780128153451. [Book Section] (Accepted/In press)
  5. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 (2017) Online sexual grooming: children as victims of online abuse. In: Cybercrime and its victims. Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 and Jane, Emma A, eds. Routledge Taylor & Francis, pp. 108-128. ISBN 9781138639447, e-ISBN 9781315637198, pbk-ISBN 9780367226701. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9781315637198)
  6. Davidson, Julia and Martellozzo, Elena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1249-7611 (2013) Exploring young people's use of social networking sites and digital media in the internet safety context: a comparison of the UK and Bahrain. Information, Communication & Society, 16 (9) . pp. 1456-1476. ISSN 1369-118X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1369118X.2012.701655)