Willoughby, Comment, Rendering Each Woman Her Due: Can a Battered Woman
Claim Self-Defense When She Kills Her Sleeping Batterer?, 38 U.
He objects to BWS as the key to justice because it depicts battered woman
as impaired beings rather than rational actors responding to danger, and because it is unjust to excuse deadly use of force on the basis of a psychological impairment.
Schopp questions the validity of the battered woman
syndrome, as well as its relevance to battered women's self-defense claims.
But the emergence of the battered woman
syndrome defense has stirred up a heated debate and a plethora of scholarship.
With the advent of battered woman
syndrome, battered child syndrome, black rage, and other abuse excuses, psychological expert testimony has changed in terms of admissibility, scope, and application to situations other than competency and insanity.(48)
(9) The psychological theory is often credited to Lenore Walker, a clinical and forensic psychologist whose book, The Battered Woman
Syndrome, coined the term.
(33) In states that allow such evidence, the defendant must explain to the jury how her status as a battered woman
influenced her perceptions of imminent danger and the need to use deadly force.
Bruce Winick describes the ideal domestic violence court judge as one who "avoids a paternalistic approach, treats the defendant with dignity and respect, displays good faith and a sense of caring, and listens attentively to whatever the defendant has to say" and creatively participates in the defendant's rehabilitative efforts through "the application of judicial praise and encouragement for positive compliance and sanctions for failure to comply." (97) Yet, for a battered woman
who has struggled for years to end the cycle of abuse, it could be harmful to witness such a judicial attitude that praise and positive reinforcement alone can change a batterer's behavior.
This third edition presents data generated from the newly modified Battered Woman
Finding herself on the run, a battered woman
may grab basics for her children, but will leave her own things behind, including personal care items.
This report describes the successful hypnotic intervention with a battered woman
who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Discussing battered woman
's syndrome and its place in court cases, "Women Who Kill" is an intriguing look in what can drive women to extremes.