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Self-defense and Battered Women Who Kill: A New Framework

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Robbin S. Ogle, Susan Jacobsboth Associate Professors of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA

ISBN13: 9780275967116
ISBN: 0275967115
Published: July 2002
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £62.00

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Details a new social interaction theory and teaches judges, attorneys, advocates, and academics how to apply it in a trial setting. Battering relationships often escalate to a point where the battered woman commits homicide. When such homicides occur, attention is usually focused on the final violent encounter; however, Ogle and Jacobs argue, while that act is the last homicidal encounter, it is not the only one. This important study argues that the battering relationship is properly understood as a long-term homicidal process that, if played out to the point that contrition dissipates, is very likely to result in the death of one of the parties. In that context, Ogle and Jacobs posit a social interaction perspective for understanding the situational, cultural, social, and structural forces that work toward maintaining the battering relationship and escalating it to a homicidal end. This book details this theory and explains how to apply it in a trial setting. Elements of self-defense law are problematic for battered women who kill their abusers. These include imminence, reasonableness of the victim's perception of danger, and reasonableness of the victim's choice of lethal violenc

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Other Jurisdictions , USA
An Overview
The Test Case as Originally and Traditionally Tried
A Brief Review of the Relevant Literature
Battering as a Slow Homicide Process: A Social Interaction Perspective
The Law of Self Defense and Battered Women
The Traditional Test Case Re-Visited
Application of These Theoretical Ideas to Gay and Lesbian Battering