Essay about Battered Woman Syndrome
Self-defense is defined as the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or family from bodily harm (Hill& Hill, 2013). This means that any person who is threatened with bodily harm can legally retaliate with reasonable force to protect against bodily harm or death. Most states define this as equal or the least amount of force necessary to stop danger when the person perceives imminent danger of bodily harm or death (Fulero & Wrightsman, 2010). The circumstances that must be present for the act to be determined self-defense includes a serious threat of harm, imminence of danger, no responsibility in the provocation of the …show more content…
4. What is learned helplessness and how has it been applied to battered woman syndrome (BWS)?
Learned helplessness is a condition that is developed in response to being repeatedly exposed to an aversive stimulus that is unescapable (Cherry, 2014). With repeated exposure to the aversive stimulus, the subject will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and begin to behavior helplessly in an effort to change the situation. In regards to battered woman