Battered Woman Syndrome
Battered person syndrome is a psychological condition that results from
persistent physical abuse that is used (infrequently) in criminal trials
as a justification defense for homicide. Battered person syndrome is also
referred to as “Battered Woman Syndrome” when the perpetrator
is a woman. The term “Battered Woman Syndrome” was coined
by Lenore Walker to describe distinct psychological and behavioral symptoms
that result when a woman is exposed to prolonged exposure to violence
at the hands of an intimate partner. When a woman who has been abused
kills her abuser, the criminal defense attorney may argue that the defendant
was suffering from Battered Woman Syndrome, and should therefore not be
convicted of the crime as charged.
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