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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Battered Woman Syndrome: Tool of Justice or False Hope in Self-Defense Cases?
Battered woman syndrome: Tool of justice or false hope in self-defense cases?
Donald A.Downs and JamesFisher

For at least 25 years, lawyers and advocates of battered women have striven to make the legal system responsive to the dangerous plights of battered women who kill or commit other illegal acts. “Battered woman syndrome” (BWS) has emerged as a primary tool to accomplish this end. BWS has had many positive effects. It can be used to counter certain myths that prejudice defendants, such as the belief that battered women enjoy being beaten or that their failures to leave their relationships mean that they were not “really” abused. And it can be a component in the construction ...

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