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Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense : History, Effectiveness and Implications

By: Russell, Brenda L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010Description: 1 online resource (257 p.).ISBN: 9780786460045.Subject(s): Abused women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Battered woman syndrome -- United States | Self-defense (Law) -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense : History, Effectiveness and ImplicationsDDC classification: 345.73/04 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. A General Description of the Problem; 2. A Historical Analysis of Legal Responses to Battering; 3. Theories Related to Domestic Violence; 4. Perceptions of Battered Women; 5. The Diversity of Battered Women; 6. The Battered Woman Syndrome; 7. When Women Fight Back and Kill Their Abusers; 8. The Law of Self-Defense; 9. The Evolution of Expert Testimony of the Battered Woman Syndrome in the Courtroom; 10. The Admissibility of Evidence; 11. Theories of Jury Decision Making; 12. The Battered Woman Syndrome and Social Cognition
13. Syndrome or Excuse14. Redefining the Future of the Syndrome; References; Index
Summary: The use of the battered woman syndrome defense in the courts is controversial, particularly when women turn to homicide in response to a partner''s abuse. Scholars worry that the syndrome has created a standard to which all battered women are compared. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the evolution of the syndrome and the contributions made by psychologists and legal scholars to aid our understanding of the use of battered woman syndrome evidence in trials of abused women who kill. Of particular interest is the way in which history, gender roles, and stereotypes play significant roles in evaluating defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome. A vital text for anyone interested in the use of expert testimony of the battered woman''s syndrome in the courtroom and any legal attorney who defends or prosecutes the alleged victims and perpetrators of this syndrome.
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Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. A General Description of the Problem; 2. A Historical Analysis of Legal Responses to Battering; 3. Theories Related to Domestic Violence; 4. Perceptions of Battered Women; 5. The Diversity of Battered Women; 6. The Battered Woman Syndrome; 7. When Women Fight Back and Kill Their Abusers; 8. The Law of Self-Defense; 9. The Evolution of Expert Testimony of the Battered Woman Syndrome in the Courtroom; 10. The Admissibility of Evidence; 11. Theories of Jury Decision Making; 12. The Battered Woman Syndrome and Social Cognition

13. Syndrome or Excuse14. Redefining the Future of the Syndrome; References; Index

The use of the battered woman syndrome defense in the courts is controversial, particularly when women turn to homicide in response to a partner''s abuse. Scholars worry that the syndrome has created a standard to which all battered women are compared. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the evolution of the syndrome and the contributions made by psychologists and legal scholars to aid our understanding of the use of battered woman syndrome evidence in trials of abused women who kill. Of particular interest is the way in which history, gender roles, and stereotypes play significant roles in evaluating defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome. A vital text for anyone interested in the use of expert testimony of the battered woman''s syndrome in the courtroom and any legal attorney who defends or prosecutes the alleged victims and perpetrators of this syndrome.

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Brenda L. Russell is an associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania University Berks.

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