battered woman syndrome


battered woman syndrome

noun

Definition of BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME

:  the highly variable symptom complex of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by a woman repeatedly abused especially physically by her mate —called also battered woman's syndrome, battered wife syndrome, battered women's syndrome

First Known Use of BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME

1984

battered wom·an syndrome

noun \-ˈw-mən-, -ˈwō-, -ˈwə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME

: the highly variable symptom complex of physical and psychological injuries exhibited by a woman repeatedly abused especially physically by her mate—called also battered wife syndrome, battered women's syndrome

Variants of BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME

battered wom·an syndrome also battered wom·an's syndrome \-mənz-\

battered woman syndrome

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Psychological and behavioral pattern displayed by female victims of domestic violence. Explanations that have evolved since the late 1970s include learned helplessness, a “cycle of violence” theory, and a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The term is a legal concept rather than a psychiatric diagnosis and lacks clearly defined criteria. It has been used to support legal arguments of self-defense, diminished responsibility, or insanity when a woman is accused of murdering or assaulting her batterer, committing a crime under his coercion, or provoking the behaviour the batterer is on trial for. Critics say the term creates a stereotyped image inadequate to describe individual experiences.

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