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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts

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ISBN13: 9780774826525
Published: August 2014
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Paperback
Price: £26.50



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In the landmark Lavallee decision of 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that evidence of "battered woman syndrome" was admissible in establishing self-defence for women accused of killing their abusive partners. This book looks at the trials of eleven battered women, ten of whom killed their partners, in the fifteen years since Lavallee. Drawing extensively on trial transcripts and a rich expanse of interdisciplinary sources, the author looks at the evidence produced at trial and at how self-defence was argued. By illuminating these cases, this book uncovers the practical and legal dilemmas faced by battered women on trial for murder.