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Forensic Evaluations of Battered Women Defendants: Relevant Data to be Applied to Elements of Self-Defense
Applied and Preventive Psychology (1996)
  • Diane R. Follingstad, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Abstract

There has been no model of the relevant information that forensic experts should collect from battered women defendants for testifying in court in support of self-defense claims. This article proposes such a model, addressing the mental state of battered women at the time they killed their partners. Many killings of partners by battered women should be considered appropriate for self-defense claims, even when the fact situations do not appear to fit “classic” self-defense criteria. Forensic experts have an important role in bringing jurors to an understanding of how many battered womens' actions resulting in the death of a partner actually fit self-defense laws by explaining the fit between the facts of the case and the typical criteria of self-defense.

Keywords
  • Battered women and self-defense,
  • Battered women defendants,
  • Forensic evaluations
Publication Date
Summer 1996
Publisher Statement
Published in Applied and Preventive Psychology, v. 5, issue 3, p. 165–178.
Citation Information
Diane R. Follingstad. "Forensic Evaluations of Battered Women Defendants: Relevant Data to be Applied to Elements of Self-Defense" Applied and Preventive Psychology Vol. 5 Iss. 3 (1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dianefollingstad/29/