battered woman syndrome

noun

Definition of battered woman syndrome

  1. :  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

1976

First Known Use of battered woman syndrome

1976


Medical Dictionary

battered woman syndrome

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noun battered wom·an syndrome \-ˈwu̇-mən-, -ˈwō-, -ˈwə-\
variants: also

battered woman's syndrome

\-mənz-\play

Medical Definition of battered woman syndrome

  1. :  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


Law Dictionary

battered woman syndrome

noun battered wo·man syndrome

Legal Definition of battered woman syndrome

  1. :  the psychological symptoms suffered by a woman repeatedly abused by a mate (as a husband) —called also battered woman's syndrome

Additional Notes on battered woman syndrome

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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