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NCJ Number: 165518 Find in a Library
Title: Abuse Defense Balances the Justice System (From America's Victims: Opposing Viewpoints, P 142-145, 1996, David Bender, Bruno Leone, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-165502)
Author(s): L Abramson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author contends a double standard exists in the criminal justice system that accepts the violence of men but condemns violent acts committed by women and children in self-defense, and she believes psychological effects of chronic abuse often explain the violent retaliation of victims against abusers.
Abstract: Much has been written about racism's insidious role in the criminal justice system, but recent cases involving O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers, and Lorena Bobbitt have opened public debate on how gender bias affects the way crime, criminal responsibility, and criminal justice are perceived. A great deal has been learned about the psychology of abusive relationships. Despite this knowledge, however, outrage is sometimes expressed about why an abused person recounts a life of torment to explain why he or she struck out at the abuser. The reason is that the male model of criminal justice pervades the public's consciousness, particularly in the case of the battered woman syndrome.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered woman syndrome; Domestic assault; Extreme emotional disturbance defense; Female victims; Gender issues; Homicide causes; Lawful use of force; Psychological victimization effects; Self defense; Sex discrimination
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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