The Battered Person’s Syndrome

In many domestic battery and abuse cases, a victim will retaliate  based on a medical condition known as the battered person’s syndrome, otherwise known as the battered women’s syndrome.

When a woman batters an abuser, a legal defense team will defend the woman based on a self defense standpoint.

These defenses are seen in many domestic homicide cases, where a female victim of domestic abuse had to resort to the ultimate self defense, in order to protect their own life. Even so, the battered person’s syndrome is considered to be a medical illness or psychological condition and we will explain it further in this article.

Psychologists  regard the syndrome as a manifestation to post traumatic stress disorders, wherein the victim has been repetitively abused, and as a consequence retaliates through murder.

The condition is further exacerbated when there are no social outlets to display emotions, or reveal the history of abuse, such as with family or friends. Despite the tendency to generalize all battered persons as women, this condition applies to all sexes, from all social groups and ethnicities.

The syndrome is characterized by three stages:

  • A phase of extreme tension between the two parties involved
  • The phase where the victim has been abused
  • The phase where both parties reconcile with each other

The abuser is characterized as part of the syndrome in which case he or she will allow the victim to believe that the abuse or violence is a direct result of the victim’s actions, as if it were validated.

In order to prove that someone has the battered person’s syndrome, a defense attorney will likely call in key witnesses  to testify about the former abuse experienced by the victim, now turned batterer to the abuser.

The law gained recognition in the seventies era, when Dr. Walker, a counselor developed a theory to explain why domestic abuse victims remained in abusive relationships. Today, the battered person syndrome is introduced in courts in cases where the individual in question has either attacked, injured or killed a domestic abuser.

Should you become a victim of domestic abuse, there are numerous resources online and offline to help. Don’t give up, and if you need the help of an attorney to prove your stance of self defense, help is available with numerous legal teams that specialize in domestic abuse cases.

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