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Battered Woman Syndrome

'Failure to Protect' Laws Punish Victims of Domestic Violence

Adam Banner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

True justice is not measured by what we think we would do in a similar situation; it is measured by the law and how the law applies to certain facts. It is time to stop using the law to blame the victims, and instead find solutions that truly protect our nation's children from violence and abuse.

#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."

Ray Rice and Oscar Pistorius: Sports, Domestic Violence, and the Ties That Bind

Nsenga Burton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

The Rice and Pistorius incidents are giving us yet another opportunity to discuss the problem of violence against women in society in general and violence against women in sports specifically and yet we continue to participate in the same ritual that ensures that these horrific incidents won't be isolated, but will remain the status quo.

Battered Women Behind Bars

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Julie Flynn Badal

At the time of their trials, the legal system had little understanding of the Battered Spouse Syndrome and did not allow evidence of ongoing abuse to be presented to the judge and jury. As a result, these women were harshly convicted with life sentences.

Stand Your Ground's Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Of all the categories of victims who might justifiably agitate for more protection from the law, women facing down abusive partners in their own homes should be at the top of the list. And yet Stand Your Ground laws do nothing to help them. This is not by accident but by design.

Survey: Results Suggest Neither Acquittal Nor Death Likely in Jodi Arias Murder Trial

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 05.30.2013 | Crime
Tanya Young Williams

My goal was to attract 1000 respondents to establish a credible level of confidence in the accuracy of the results. However, after one day of people sharing the links via social media and the Huffpost article, the numbers began to swell at a rate of 100 respondents per hour.

Survey: What Do You Think of Jodi Arias, Travis Alexander and the Murder Trial?

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 05.21.2013 | Crime
Tanya Young Williams

The Jodi Arias trail has brought the discussion of domestic violence to the forefront of the news. But much confusion remains.