The Battered Woman Syndrome, Fourth Edition

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The Battered Woman Syndrome, Fourth Edition

SKU# 9780826170989

Author: Lenore E. A. Walker EdD



Praise for the Third Edition:

"This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. [It] is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research." Score: 95, 4 stars —Doody's

“Seminal reading for anyone working in trauma, mental illness, addiction and domestic violence.”—5 stars—Amazon

“This volume continues to be a tour de force…a must for any professional library.”Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP

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 in other countries and multicultural groups, 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 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 in other countries/multicultural groups
  • New chapter on murder–suicide in domestic violence cases
  • New chapter on trauma treatment for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • New data on interventions in juvenile detention centers according to recent reforms
  • New chapter on human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children
  • New chapter on false confessions of battered women
  • New data on immigration and Violence Against Women Act
  • New data on proposed legislation and congressional resolutions

Key Features:

  • Addresses myths and science of domestic violence
  • Examines the interaction of IPV and other family violence
  • Presents best-practice intervention strategies
  • Discusses application of psychology to the legal system
  • Covers preventive measures

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 28, 2016
  • Page Count 553
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826170989

About The Author(s) 

Lenore E.A. Walker, EdD, ABPP , is Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Center for Psychological Studies, where she is also Coordinator of the Forensic Psychology Concentration in the doctoral program and Director of the Forensic Psychology M.S. Program. Additionally, Dr. Walker teaches in the Behavioral Science Track of the Criminal Justice Institute. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical and in Couples and Family Psychology. Dr. Walker pioneered the use of Battered Woman Syndrome in the criminal courts with women who killed their abusers and then adapted the self-defense data to civil and family court matters and broadened it to include impact from other gender violence issues. Author of 20 books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including three editions of the Battered Woman Syndrome, she has trained psychotherapists, forensic psychologists, lawyers, judges, and advocates in numerous countries around the world in assessment and intervention in gender and family violence. Dr. Walker has participated in the trials of several high publicity cases as an expert witness and consultant. Together with her students, she authored the evidence-based Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP) program, originally designed to work with battered women and now adapted for abused men and children.

Interview With The Author 

Lenore Walker

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