Suffering with Battered Woman Syndrome

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Nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2008). As stated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “ These are our sisters, mothers, friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers”.Should women that suffer from “battered woman's syndrome” be charged with murder for killing there abuser? “The term "battered woman syndrome" was introduced in the late 1970s by psychologist Lenore Walker to explain the psychological problems of women who are caught in a cycle of domestic violence” (ProQuest Staff).The mind of a typical domestically abused women has been diagnosed, monitored, and studied by professionals numerous of times. However, one may believe “battered women syndrome” should be used as an excuse in court, with prior evidence for self defense and mental illness if the women being abused had suffered domestic violence tragically.
One may feel as if women sometimes use battered women syndrome as an excuse for murder,most of the time they do not exactly understand the pain of, being beaten, forced into sex, and choking these women have been through. Ones opinion may be that women should be able to use this syndrome as self defense mechanism. For instance, the Barbara Sheehan case. Sheehan was sentenced for six years shooting her husband in fear for her life, she exclaimed in Dr. Lenore E. Walker's novel The Battered
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