Battered Women Syndrome Case Study

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For this assignment I will be taking the position of Lucy’s defense attorney. Addressing battered women syndrome. I feel that battered women syndrome is often times overlooked. The statistics of domestic violence and battered women syndrome are mind-blowing. 1 and 4 women has experienced domestic violence during her lifetime. And it’s not just women it includes men as well. Every day in the United States, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners on average. ("Battered Woman Syndrome." Battered Woman Syndrome. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.) In battered women syndrome the victim either refuses to cooperate or becomes violent when being questioned about the incident. It’s truly hard to understand why an abused spouse would want to remain in the abusive relationship. The effects of battered women …show more content…
The first one, psychological entrapment theory which states that women remain in an abusive relationship because they have too much invested in it. These women are willing to tolerate the abuse and live in the hope that the abuse will stop rather than try to escape it. They devise ways for minimizing it as much as possible without leaving. Traumatic bonding theory, this theory puts forward that a women who was abused or neglected by her own parents, hence forming an unhealthy relationship and insecure connections to them. These women crave affection, thus they are highly impressionable to the manipulative course of action of their abuser. Lastly the multifactor ecological theory (which strongly plays directly into the facts of this case) suggests that women remain in their abusive relationship for a number of reasons, including, finances, and reasons related to their own family history. (Harmening, William M. "The Crisis of Domestic Violence." Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson, 2014.

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