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

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

by Brenda L. Russell

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Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense: History, Effectiveness and Implications by Brenda L. Russell

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, its effectiveness in court, 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 influence of history, gender roles, and stereotypes in the evaluation of defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786458837
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

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