Elisabeth McDonald, Battered Woman
Syndrome, 1997 N.
To which the equally earnest battered woman
who, as is often the case, has suffered through years of horrific physical and emotional abuse and fear, responds: "And I want you to understand that what you are talking about is my life.
The reader is introduced to Camille, a loveless woman who was ignored by her mother and father as a child and is currently a battered woman
escaping from a violent, seven-year relationship.
As noted, an unanticipated result of the social campaign against woman battering has been the creation of the dominant cultural image of a helpless, victimized battered woman
whose only hope of terminating violence is to leave the abuser.
Although this intervention may be appropriate in some instances, the social worker must be aware that the battered woman
may be returning home to the very same mate who has perpetrated the battering.
It aims to establish both that the battered woman
honestly believed that a preemptive, fatal strike was the only way to finally and effectively thwart her abuser's certain, impending attack and that she acted as a "reasonable battered woman
" would under the same or similar circumstances.
Walker, The Battered Woman
(New York: Harper-Row, 1979), 43.
Lutz said the increasing discussion of battered woman
syndrome inside and outside courtrooms may be encouraging judges to take a paternalistic attitude toward victims and creating the false impression that battered women are somehow mentally deficient.
Pekala has participated in negotiations for a book and television movie based on her representation of a battered woman
who was stalked by her former husband and whose failed attempt to murder her was captured on film by the FBI.
Brown appealed, contending such testimony about the behavior of domestic violence victims was not admissible because the prosecution had failed to show that the victim was a battered woman
and did not offer proof that the defendant had abused her on more than one occasion.
Of the 12 items listed by Farrell, only three--insanity pleas based on premenstrual syndrome or postpartum depression and self-defense or insanity pleas based on battered woman
syndrome--can accurately be called "female-only defenses.
Downs is correct when he argues that the content of expert testimony should move beyond battered woman