KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Criminal Defense: Battered Spouse Syndrome

2.4 criminal defense: Battered spouse syndrome

Should the Battered Spouse Syndrome Be Recognized as a Criminal Defense?

Learning Objectives

  • Know the definition of battered spouse syndrome (BSS), or what also is referred to as battered wife syndrome (BWS).
  • Understand the cycle of domestic violence and the significance of learned helplessness.
  • State the requirements that must be satisfied for a successful claim of self-defense.
  • Know the purpose of a defense attorney introducing evidence of BSS or BWS and the cycle of domestic violence at trial.
  • Compare and contrast the arguments for and against introduction of evidence of the cycle of domestic violence at trial.

Oppose Evidence of Battered Spouse Syndrome at Trial

Justice Burley Mitchell, majority opinion, State v. Norman, 378 S.E.2d 8 (N.C. 1989)

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