21 Hofstra L. Rev. 1191 (1992-1993)
Understanding Women's Responses to Domestic Violence: A Redefinition of Battered Woman Syndrome

handle is hein.journals/hoflr21 and id is 1203 raw text is: UNDERSTANDING WOMEN'S RESPONSES TO
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A REDEFINITION OF
BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME
Mary Ann Dutton*
CONTENTS
I.   INTRODUCTION ............................ 1193
A. Rationale for Redefining Battered Woman
Syndrome .. ........................... 1194
1.   Testimony Concerning the Experiences of
Battered Women Refers to More Than Their
Psychological Reactions to Domestic
Violence   .........................                1195
2.   The Psychological Realities of Battered
Women Are Not Limited to One Particular
Profile .  ......................... 1196
B.   Overview of this Article ................... 1201
II.  THE BATrERED WOMAN'S EXPERIENCE OF DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE ............................... 1203
A.   The Question: What is the Nature and Extent of
the Domestic Violence Experienced by the
Battered Woman? ....................... 1203
B.   Review of the Literature ................... 1203
1.   Definitional Issues: The Nature, Pattern, and
Severity of the Violence and Abuse    ........ 1203
a.   Nature of the Violence and Abuse     ...... 1204
b.   Pattern of the Violence and Abuse ...... 1208
* Professor of Clinical Psychology, Nova University, Center for Psychological Studies;
Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center, 1992-94; Professorial Lecturer, National
Law Center, George Washington University, 1993-94; Ph.D., University of Utah, 1980; M.A.,
University of Utah, 1976; B.A., University of Kansas, 1971. I thank Sue Osthoff, Barbara
Hart, Naomi Cahn, Joan Meier, Jean Veta, Edith Georgi, Susan Johnson, David Dorsey, and
students in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, National Law Center, George Washing-
ton University and students in the Domestic Violence Seminar, Stanford Law School, for their
help in stimulating my thoughts about these issues. I also thank Julie Blackman, Sue Osthoff,
Martha Mahoney, Donna Coker, and Jean Veta for their comments on earlier drafts of this
Article. This Article is dedicated to the many women who have shared with me their differ-
ing experiences of violence and abuse.

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