Criminal Law: Defences to Homicide
WOMEN AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA, Patricia Easteal, ed., LexisNexis, 2010
Posted: 23 Jan 2011
Date Written: 2010
This chapter explores a few of the contexts and the defences for women who kill in Australia. Focusing on battered women who kill, women with PMS and women with post-partum depression, we examine what lawyers should look for in the cases, how to communicate with their clients most effectively to identify whether these background variables were present, possible pleas to argue, and how best to help the Court to hear the women’s case.
Keywords: battered women who kill, legal defences for women who kill, post-partum depression and criminal defences, PMDD, PMS and criminal defences
JEL Classification: K00, J70, I00, J71
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