Women Who Kill Their Intimate Partners

THE THING SHE LOVES, pp. 1-18, K. Greenwood, ed., pp. 1-18, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996

Posted: 22 Jan 2011 Last revised: 19 Jun 2018

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Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Abstract

Easteal closely scrutinises the judges' sentencing remarks in each of ten cases of battered women who had killed their partners, in order to identify which variables contributed to more lenient sanctions and which factors appeared to correlate with harsher sentences. She also uses the remarks to try to understand how judges regard domestic violence and its role in these homicides. Aspects covered include: children, Aboriginality, intent, remorse, defendant's childhood and alcoholism as mitigating variables; an alternative sentencing model; and the use of battered woman syndrome as a grounds for self-defence.

Keywords: battered women who kill, self-defence, domestic violence, homicide

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L., Women Who Kill Their Intimate Partners. THE THING SHE LOVES, pp. 1-18, K. Greenwood, ed., pp. 1-18, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743914

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

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

Australia

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