Self defense and Battered Women who Kill

Author: Robbin S. Ogle
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275967116
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Battering relationships often escalate to a point where the battered woman commits homicide. When such homicides occur, attention usually is focused on the final violent encounter; however, Ogle and Jacobs argue, while that act is the last homicidal encounter, it is not the only one. This important study argues that the battering relationship is properly understood as a long-term homicidal process that, if played out to the point that contrition dissipates, is very likely to result in the death of one of the parties. In that context, Ogle and Jacobs posit a social interaction perspective for understanding the situational, cultural, social, and structural forces that work toward maintaining the battering relationship and escalating it to a homicidal end. This book details this theory and explains how to apply it in a trial setting.

Defending Battered Women on Trial

Author: Elizabeth A. Sheehy
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774826533
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the landmark Lavallee decision of 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that evidence of "battered woman syndrome" was admissible in establishing self-defence for women accused of killing their abusive partners. This book looks at the trials of eleven battered women, ten of whom killed their partners, in the fifteen years since Lavallee. Drawing extensively on trial transcripts and a rich expanse of interdisciplinary sources, the author looks at the evidence produced at trial and at how self-defence was argued. By illuminating these cases, this book uncovers the practical and legal dilemmas faced by battered women on trial for murder.


Author: Joan Swart
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1315352982
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Forensic psychology plays an increasingly important role in criminal investigations and legal decision-making. Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook guides readers through the practical aspects of homicide cases across the entire criminal justice system, from the investigative process to the criminal trial process, and beyond. Each chapter contains a description and analysis of selected cases and offenders, and provides a crime narrative and offender narrative to illustrate the underlying theory and practical considerations of homicide investigations. Criminal justice students and practitioners alike will benefit from the comprehensive scope of this text. In order to ensure fair and efficient criminal justice practices in the field of forensic investigation, there is still a need for conformity and standardization of sound protocols and approaches based on improved knowledge and education. This book is part of that effort to understand homicidal behavior and offenders better in order to prevent similar crimes.

Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence

Author: Nicky Ali Jackson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415969689
Format: PDF
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Collects entries on domestic violence that cover topics that include ritual abuse-torture and domestic violence against women with disabilities.

Convicted Survivors

Author: Elizabeth Dermody Leonard
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791453285
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Explores the experiences of women imprisoned for killing their male abusers and their treatment by the criminal justice system.

More Than Victims

Author: Donald Alexander Downs
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226161600
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In More Than Victims, Donald Downs offers a sympathetic and powerful analysis of the problems attending the use of battered-woman syndrome as a legal defense, ultimately revealing how the syndrome's logic actually harms those it is trying to protect. A persuasive account of how constitutional freedom and individual justice can be threatened by current legal standards, this thorough yet accessible work presents a dramatic rethinking of the criminal justice system. "More Than Victims is a powerful step in the right direction. Women as well as men need to be protected from violence, and women, in particular, require better understanding of their sometimes oppressive situations. But they also need to be able to participate fully in the discourse of politics and citizenship. Downs offers a solution that helps to make both possible."—Teresa Godwin Phelps, Review of Politics "Downs has written an important book on a subject that deserves more of our attention."— Susan Mezey, Law and Politics Book Review "Comprehensive and compelling. [Downs] demonstrates a masterful grasp of the complex legal and philosophical issues implicated in domestic violence cases."—Annette DeMichele, New York Law Journal

Battered women who kill

Author: Charles Patrick Ewing
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 9780669148275
Format: PDF
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The author is a psychologist and a lawyer. He presents psychological studies of battered women homicide defendants and an analysis of over 100 recent cases. He also examines the kinds of abuse suffered by these women, the characteristics of relationships that result in the killing of the batterer, and the presently used legal issues in these killings.

Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense

Author: Brenda L. Russell
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786460040
Format: PDF, ePub
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The use of the battered woman syndrome defense in the courts is controversial, particularly when women turn to homicide in response to a partner’s abuse. Scholars worry that the syndrome has created a standard to which all battered women are compared. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the evolution of the syndrome, its effectiveness in court, and the contributions made by psychologists and legal scholars to aid our understanding of the use of battered woman syndrome evidence in trials of abused women who kill. Of particular interest is the influence of history, gender roles, and stereotypes in the evaluation of defendants who claim to suffer from the syndrome.

Self Defence in Criminal Law

Author: Boaz Sangero
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847312748
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book combines a careful philosophical discussion of the rationale justifying self-defence with a detailed discussion of the range of statutory self-defence requirements, as well as discussions of numerous other relevant issues (i.e. putative self-defense, excessive self-defense, earlier guilt and battered women). The book argues that before formulating definitions for each aspect of self-defence (necessity, proportionality, retreat, immediacy, mental element, etc.) it is imperative to determine the proper rationale for self-defence and, only then to derive the appropriate solutions. The first part contains an in-depth discussion of why society allows a justification for acts but does not excuse the actor from criminal liability, and the author critically analyzes current theories (culpability of the aggressor; autonomy of the attacked person; protection of the social-legal order; balancing interests; choice of the lesser evil) and points out the weaknesses of each theory before proposing a new theory to explain the justification of self-defence. The new theory is that for the full justification of self-defence, a balance of interests must be struck between the expected physical injury to the attacked person and the expected physical injury to the aggressor, as well as the relevant abstract factors: the autonomy of the attacked person, the culpability of the aggressor, and the social-legal order. The author demonstrates how ignoring one or more of these factors leads to erroneous results and how the proposed rationale can be applied to develop solutions to the complex questions raised.