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Review Chapter 9 from the textbook.
Read the following articles:
Article: Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense (Criminal Justice Research)
Article: Battered Woman Syndrome: Is It Enough for a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Plea? (Psychiatric Times)
Article: New York Court Clears Woman of Murder in Battered-Wife Case (Reuters)
In a 1000-word essay, answer the following questions:
What is Battered Woman’s Syndrome?
Why do victims choose to stay with their abusers?
What is the Battered Woman’s Syndrome Defense?
Should the Battered Woman’s Syndrome Defense be available if the threat of violence to the victim is not imminent? For example, if you were a juror, would you vote to acquit a victim under the Battered Woman’s Syndrome Defense in the following scenario: After severely beating his victim, the abuser shouts to her, “I’m going across the street to buy a bottle of bourbon! You better behave when I get back!” At most, the abuser will be gone ten minutes. Each time the abuser has temporarily stopped beating the victim to buy alcohol, he has returned even more enraged and has brutally beaten the victim, putting her in the hospital two times. This time, the victim stands behind the front door and waits for the abuser. As soon as he enters the home, she shoots him, and he dies minutes later. Because the abuser was gone ten minutes, the threat to the victim was not, at least technically speaking, “imminent.” Would you vote to acquit?