battered woman defense


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battered woman defense

n.
A legal defense that a person is less responsible or not responsible for an offense because of suffering from battered woman syndrome at the time of acting.
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THE PURELY SUBJECTIVE STANDARD AND THE BATTERED WOMAN DEFENSE
an acceptance of the battered woman defense, while only six states had
Tinsley, Criminal Law: The Battered Woman Defense, 34 Am.
Stephen Goode reported in Insight (5/6/1987, 56) that at least four cases had argued "that long-term verbal abuse by [al boyfriend had triggered 'battered woman's syndrome.'" After discussing other problems with the battered woman defense, Gayle Lafferty concludes a recent discussion in the Dickinson Law Review liggo): "If the courts do not beware, the jury may allow any def endant who has suffered some anguish at the hands of his or her victim to literally get away with murder."