The Battered Woman Syndrome by Lenore E. A. WalkerThe Battered Woman Syndrome by Lenore E. A. Walker

The Battered Woman Syndrome

byLenore E. A. Walker

Paperback | October 28, 2016

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With its focus on the connection between health and mental health symptoms, this seminal, groundbreaking work continues to forge new directions in the field of domestic violence. Describing a condition that is the basis for the battered woman defense--cited in cases of physically and psychologically abused women who have killed their abusers--it continues to be used as a defense to explain premeditated assault or murder. Completely updated, the fourth edition reflects the significant changes in the field since the book was last published, incorporating Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines on health care and domestic violence and data from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It examines new research regarding battered women and cross-cultural and cross-national issues, and includes several new chapters addressing issues ranging from murder--suicide in domestic violence cases to proposed legislation and congressional resolutions.

The fourth edition provides new findings worldwide that reinforce the cycle theory of violence. It reflects new research on traumatic responses, and addresses trauma-informed and trauma-specific psychotherapy, interventions with youth in juvenile detention centers, information from government task forces regarding children exposed to violence and juvenile justice, and new findings regarding the application of psychology to the legal system. Entirely new to the fourth edition is a section about reforming family court and divorce presumptions. This is crucial reading for nearly all health and mental health workers who may be called upon to ask clients about experiences of domestic violence and must respond knowledgeably and effectively.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Fully revised and updated
  • Incorporates ACA guidelines on health care and domestic violence
  • Includes data from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • Addresses findings regarding battered women and cross-cultural and cross-national issues
  • New chapter on murder--suicide in domestic violence cases
  • New chapter on trauma treatment for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • New chapter on human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children
  • New chapter on false confessions of battered women
Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD,is a professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Psychology, where she is also a coordinator of the clinical forensic psychology doctoral concentration and director of the master's in forensic psychology program. She is also in the independent practice of forensic psychology, where she specialize...
Title:The Battered Woman SyndromeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:580 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 28, 2016Publisher:Springer Publishing Co., Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826170986

ISBN - 13:9780826170989


Table of Contents




Part I: Myths and Science of Domestic Violence

1 The Battered Woman Syndrome Study Overview

2 History

3 What Is the Battered Woman Syndrome?

4 Learned Helplessness, Learned Optimism, and Battered Women

5 Descriptions of Violence and the Cycle of Violence

Part II: Interaction of Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence

6 Impact of Violence in the Home on Children

7 Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

8 Sex Trafficking of Children

9 Battered Women's Attachment Style, Sexuality, and Interpersonal Functioning

10 Murder-Suicides and Self-Defense

11 Cross-Cultural and Cross-National Issues in Domestic Violence

Part III: Intervention Strategies

12 Risk Assessment and Lethal Potential

13 Battered Women's Health Concerns

14 Mental Health Needs of Battered Women

15 Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

16 Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy

17 Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP)

Part IV: Application of Psychology to the Legal System

18 False Confessions of Battered Women

19 Family Court, Child Custody, and Domestic Violence

20 Domestic Violence Courts and Batterers’ Treatment Programs

21 Battered Women in Criminal Court, Jail, and Prison