domestic violence

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domestic violence

n.
Physical or emotional abuse of a household member, especially one's spouse or domestic partner.
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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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The battered woman. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1995; 173:677-79.
Although I was not familiar with the "battered woman syndrome" (BWS), the focus of Downs's absorbing book, I had no doubt that Margery was a battered woman who felt trapped in an uncontrollable and dangerous nightmare.
The battered woman. American Family Physician, 37, 193-199.
The absence of imminent harm, as well as the potential availability of legal alternatives, may render the battered woman's use of force unnecessary, and hence unjustified, in many of these non-confrontational cases in which the batterer is either sleeping, severely intoxicated, or otherwise non-threatening
In 1981, a US report concluded that almost one quarter (21 percent) of women who use emergency surgical services are battered; almost half of all injuries presented by women to the emergency surgical services occur in the context of abuse; battered women most frequently and disproportionately turn to non-trauma services for their care, rather than to services that primarily treat severe injury; and using current procedures, medical personnel recognize abuse only in 1 battered woman in 25 (Stark et al., 1981, p.v).
It wasn't government being visionary; it was one battered woman helping another battered woman.
When Jane features, on its cover, a battered woman, as Ms.
Among the most controversial of these changes forms the topic of Donald Downs's book: the development of the battered woman's syndrome as a defense to homicide charges.
This Note addresses the link between battered woman syndrome, battered child syndrome, and black rage in homicide cases.
I have heard a battered woman asked what is wrong with her.
(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.