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Battered woman syndrome as a legal defense : history, effectiveness and implications

Author: Brenda L Russell
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2010.
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"This book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of battered woman syndrome evidence in trials of abused women who kill. Of particular interest is the way in which history, gender roles, and stereotypes play significant roles in evaluating defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome. A vital text for legal attorneys"--Provided by publisher.
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Russell, Brenda L.
Battered woman syndrome as a legal defense.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2010
(DLC) 2010024750
(OCoLC)617425077
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brenda L Russell
ISBN: 9780786460045 0786460040
OCLC Number: 671240513
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages)
Contents: A general description of the problem --
A historical analysis of legal responses to battering --
Theories related to domestic violence: abusers and abused --
Perceptions of battered women: myth v. reality --
The diversity of battered women: myth v. reality --
The battered woman syndrome: the good, the bad and the alternatives --
When women fight back and kill their abusers: a realistic appraisal of danger or pathology? --
The law of self-defense --
The evolution of expert testimony of the battered woman syndrome in the courtroom --
The admissibility of evidence: understanding legal standards --
Theories of jury decision making: the role of prior beliefs and social cognition --
The battered woman syndrome and social cognition: creating a stereotype or effectively replacing misconceptions? --
Syndrome or excuse: a critical analysis of the use of the syndrome --
Redefining the future of the syndrome.
Responsibility: Brenda L. Russell.

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"This book provides a comprehensive examination of the use of battered woman syndrome evidence in trials of abused women who kill. Of particular interest is the way in which history, gender roles, and stereotypes play significant roles in evaluating defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome. A vital text for legal attorneys"--Provided by publisher.

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