battered wife syndrome

A general term for a constellation of signs and symptoms that are typical of a woman (wife/common-law partner/girlfriend) who is physically abused by a husband/common-law partner/boyfriend

battered wife syndrome

Public health A general term for a constellation of signs and symptoms that are typical of a ♀ wife/common-law partner who is physically abused by a husband/boyfriend. See Domestic violence, Spousal abuse. Cf Superbowl syndrome.
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The social sciences have a term for the situation of women who feel compelled to be compliant with the men who are bent on demeaning and humiliating them: They call it battered wife syndrome.
It's the political version of the battered wife syndrome.
A man who kills his wife after finding her in bed with the milkman or a woman suffering from battered wife syndrome who finally snaps and kills her abusive husband may not even be found guilty of murder and if they are their sentence is likely to be in single figures in terms of years they serve.
He agreed that she showed signs of battered wife syndrome after years of abuse.
Justice Pitchford will sentence Edwards after considering a medical report that she may have been suffering from battered wife syndrome.
Battered wife syndrome is not recognised in the US where many women are sentenced without the jury ever hearing evidence of violence from their partners.
I'm satisfied you were suffering from, to use a colloquialism, battered wife syndrome and you felt isolated, hopeless and useless and felt there was no way out of the relationship.
There was evidence, the court heard, that Marley was suffering from battered wife syndrome.