Definition of battered woman syndrome in US English:

battered woman syndrome


  • The set of symptoms, injuries, and signs of mistreatment seen in a woman who has been repeatedly abused by a spouse, partner, or relative.

    • ‘At the end of the day this was a case of extreme provocation and one where if the gender had been reversed the court would be dealing with battered woman syndrome.’
    • ‘The first section covers rape, battered woman syndrome, women who kill their batterers, stalking, and workplace sexual harassment.’
    • ‘In Ahluwalia the Court accepted that battered woman syndrome could be a characteristic but it did not suggest that it would be relevant to the issue of the ordinary person's self-control.’
    • ‘The defence concedes that the defences of self-defence and battered woman syndrome do not obtain.’