Mental Health Professional as Expert Witness: Psychosocial Evaluation of Battered Women Accused of Homicide or Assault
Presents an overview of current perspectives on the battering phenomenon and describes procedures to assist helping professionals to provide expert testimony in cases in which a battered woman is pleading self-defense in the assault or homicide of her batterer. The functions and purposes of psychological evaluation regarding the existence of battered woman's syndrome are delineated, and the actual technique of such evaluation and the preparation for testimony are described. Such expert testimony is examined in the context of a feminist contribution to forensic psychology and to greater equity within the justice system.
Journal of interpersonal Violence
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