domestic violence

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domestic violence

n.
Physical or emotional abuse of a household member, especially one's spouse or domestic partner.

domes′tic vi′olence


n.
acts of violence against a member of one's immediate family, esp. in the home.
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Noun1.domestic violence - violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partnerdomestic violence - violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women
violence, force - an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
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In Downs's view, both threaten to undermine the notion of responsible citizenship and replace the "ethic of achievement" with an "ethic of suffering [50]," and both are implicated and reinforced by the continued use of testimony about battered woman syndrome: "BWS could not have achieved the success it has enjoyed without the connection with the new worldview of victimization" [106].
how a battered woman could tell that her unarmed batterer was threatening imminent serious physical injury.
In so doing, our highest court effectively extended the legal definition self defence and rendered the battered woman syndrome defence unnecessary.
Much current scholarship, although it purports to be derived from an analysis of appellate opinions, seems in fact to be premised upon an uncritical acceptance of the popular portrayal of a battered woman who kills.
3) Battered Woman Syndrome ("BWS") has received broad recognition in an effort to help factfinders better understand how battered women perceive their relationships, and opportunities for escape from abuse, as well as reactions to the cycle of violence.
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.
Because of the increasingly aggressive approach toward batterers, an attitude developed within the law enforcement system that "there [was] no defensible reason" why a battered woman would not want to seek out legal remedies.
Battered woman syndrome (BWS) was first used in the title to a US National Institute of Mental Health research grant in 1977.
Using Hypnosis with a Battered Woman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The physical, psychological, and economic consequences faced by a battered woman terminating an abusive relationship complicate the challenging task of identifying and establishing career options.
Baker problematizes the diagnostic category of battered woman syndrome as a legal defense.
While the defense argued that Kariger was a battered woman who acted in self-defense, prosecutors said she killed Segale to gain control of the abandoned property where they both lived north of Fox Airfield.