Criminal Law: Defences to Homicide

WOMEN AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA, Patricia Easteal, ed., LexisNexis, 2010

Posted: 23 Jan 2011

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Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Anthony Hopkins

University of Canberra – Faculty of Law; ANU College of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L. and Hopkins, Anthony, Criminal Law: Defences to Homicide (2010). WOMEN AND THE LAW IN AUSTRALIA, Patricia Easteal, ed., LexisNexis, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743908

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Anthony Hopkins

University of Canberra – Faculty of Law ( email )

Australia

ANU College of Law

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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