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

1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Battered woman syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battered%20woman%20syndrome. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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battered woman syndrome

noun
battered wom·​an syndrome | \ -ˈwu̇-mən-, -ˈwō-, -ˈwə- How to pronounce battered woman syndrome (audio) \
variants: also battered woman's syndrome \ -​mənz-​ How to pronounce battered woman's syndrome (audio) \

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

battered woman syndrome

noun
battered wo·​man syndrome

Legal Definition of battered woman syndrome

: the psychological symptoms suffered by a woman repeatedly abused by a mate (as a husband)

called also battered woman's syndrome

Note: Battered woman syndrome is used as a defense to violent criminal charges (as homicide). Evidence of repeated abuse is used to show that the defendant acted in self-defense even though the threat or danger was not imminent. Battered woman syndrome is also used as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

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