Battering


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Physical abuse of a spouse, child or elderly person, usually by a ‘significant other’
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His romance and adventure were battering at the conventions.
The little girl sitting at the table was obstinately and violently battering on it with a cork, and staring aimlessly at her mother with her pitch-black eyes.
Victims repeatedly face decisions of morality, particularly during the acute battering phase of their cycle of violence.
Given the problems associated with the use of battered woman syndrome evidence, it is the conclusion of this article that expert testimony on battering needs to shift from the psychological focus conveyed by current battered woman syndrome testimony towards a conceptualization that emphasizes the social reality and context of battered women's lives.
In pursuing these questions, the author emphasizes the distinction between an "incident-based" definition of battering (which focuses on discrete episodes of violence that violate criminal laws) and a "control-based" definition (which characterizes battering as a web of coercive tactics, including but not limited to actual physical assault).
Psychological battering involves all of these features of emotional abuse, but also consists of at least one violent episode or attack on the victim to maintain the impending threat of additional assaults.
With the new ruling, trial courts must admit relevant battering evidence that the fear was also reasonable - and, therefore, was sufficient for a complete acquittal.
Battering is the most common cause of injury to women--more frequent than auto accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
TCFV assists Texas battered women's shelters and battering intervention and prevention programs through training and technical assistance; advocates for laws and policies that affect battered women and their children; and operates the National Domestic Violence Hotline.