battered woman defense


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Related to battered woman defense: battered spouse syndrome

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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What has come to be known as the battered woman defense is really the use of expert testimony in aid of long-established defenses - usually self-defense, but in some cases extreme emotional disturbance, heat of passion, or insanity.
Cloninger said separate trials were not needed to allow defendant Gabriela Hernandez to pursue a battered woman defense.