battered woman


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battered woman

A woman who has been physically or sexually assaulted by her husband, partner, or former partner. Typically verbal abuse precedes physical violence. An escalating pattern of intimidation and injury often results, sometimes ending in death. Frequently women are reluctant to report this type of abuse because they feel trapped or isolated. Women from any socioeconomic level may be affected. Shelters and support for battered women are available in many locations.
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This article examines the limitations of expert testimony in homicide cases in which women have asserted battered woman syndrome as a defense.
45) She argues that the law should treat the battered woman who kills her abuser just as the law tends to see the man who, in the "heat of passion," kills his wife or her lover.
Post-traumatic stress disorder in women: Diagnosis and treatment of battered woman syndrome.
15) That is, a preemptive strike may be the only way that a battered woman can ward off her abuser's delayed, but no less deadly, aggression.
In Downs's view, both threaten to undermine the notion of responsible citizenship and replace the "ethic of achievement" with an "ethic of suffering [50]," and both are implicated and reinforced by the continued use of testimony about battered woman syndrome: "BWS could not have achieved the success it has enjoyed without the connection with the new worldview of victimization" [106].
This report describes the successful hypnotic intervention with a battered woman who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A defense expert testified Kariger had the characteristics of being a battered woman.
In leaving an abusive relationship, a battered woman must balance her own and her children's safety and needs, including considerations of economics (homelessness and joblessness), community and family resources, and the danger of her abuser's retaliation (Gelles, 1997).
Those questions included, Why wouldn't a battered woman leave the batterer?
Frequently, just the threat of violence is enough to keep a battered woman under her abuser's control, Martin said.
No one knew this [insurance issue] was a problem affecting victims of abuse until this battered woman came forward," Durborow said.
Pekala also participated in negotiations for a book and television movie based on her representation of a battered woman who was stalked by her former husband and whose failed attempt to murder her was captured on film by the FBI.