Essay on Battered Women Syndrome

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Battered Women Syndrome

Battered Woman Syndrome

In Robert Agnew's general strain theory, he talks about how strain and stress could cause
an individual to commit crimes that they wouldn't have committed without those
circumstances. In his theory, he refers to negative affective states, which are the
"anger, frustration, and adverse emotions that emerge in the wake of destructive social
relationships". It is these negative affective states that are produced by strain. Agnew
acknowledges that strain can be caused by negative situations, such as abuse or neglect,
family conflict, or stressful life events. These situations can all be found to be
extremely prevalent in households where domestic violence occurs. According to this
theory, the negative stimuli presented causes, in this case, the woman to feel angry,
frustrated, disappointed, depressed, and fearful. These negative feelings, in turn, are
outwardly expressed through violence. In this paper, we will look at battered woman
syndrome as a theory that has stemmed from Robert Agnew's general strain theory.

In her 1979 book "The Battered Woman"; Dr. Lenore Walker first came up with what is now
know as battered woman syndrome. Put simply battered woman syndrome, or BWS as it is
sometimes called, is a group of psychological symptoms that are easily recognized in women
who have been physically, sexually, or psychologically assaulted by their domestic
partner. According to Dr. Walker, "Battered woman syndrome presents evidence that the
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