battered woman syndrome


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Related to battered woman syndrome: domestic violence, Emotional abuse

battered woman syndrome

n.
A set of signs and symptoms, such as fearfulness and a feeling of helplessness, seen in some women who are physically, verbally, or emotionally abused over an extended period by a husband or partner. Also called battered women's syndrome.
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More persuasive than Downs's characterization of a separate syndrome defense is his argument that expert testimony couched only in terms of "Battered Woman Syndrome" stigmatizes and pathologizes battered women.
Mather, The Skeleton in the Closet: The Battered Woman Syndrome, Self-Defense, and Expert Testimony, 39 MERCER L.
Notice, that in stating these questions, I have not mentioned the Battered Woman Syndrome at all.
the idea of "battered woman syndrome" was introduced.
The Alaska Court of Appeals declined to explore the "several issues concerning the nature of the battered woman syndrome defense and the evidentiary effect that raising such a claim has on the normal rules governing character evidence." (106) Rather, the court bypassed the issue, explaining that, even if the trial court committed error in admitting the testimonies, the error was harmless.
Battered Woman Syndrome is sometimes presented as an example of the more general phenomenon of 'post-traumatic stress disorder'--also seen in those who have experienced repeat and prolonged terror: combat soldiers or refugees who have survived violent social breakdown, violence, and displacement.
Ito ang isang classic case na battered woman syndrome," Kapunan said.
Lavallee's defence lawyer introduced the notion of battered woman syndrome, and described how repeated and increasing threats, beatings, sexual violence, sleep deprivation, interrogation, the enforcement of petty rules and the destruction of women's belongings could break women's spirits and leave them terrified and traumatized.
Kissel had said she was in a state of depression, that she was suffering from battered woman syndrome and was provoked by her husband before she killed him.
Issues such as self-defense with a weapon against a physically larger and stronger unarmed assailant, Battered Woman Syndrome as a subset of PTSD, and gendered socialization making young women vulnerable to abusive dynamics are discussed.