Battered Woman Syndrome

Essay by suhaavi1097High School, 11th grade March 2014

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Committed Despite Her Will

So this time I'm going to be writing about an issue in today's world that needs to be reached out to, known as Battered Woman Syndrome. Being a Psychology student, I often read up conditions of this sort. This one was a sure eye-catcher. So before I talk of the psychological and emotional effects of this syndrome, who exactly is a battered woman? She's one who's been repeatedly physically assaulted in cycles by a person whom she either lives with or is in a relationship with, usually leading to serious physical and psychological damage. Fact is, you don't have to wait for someone to treat you bad repeatedly. All it takes is once, and if they get away with it that once, if they know they can treat you like that, then it sets the pattern for the future. Sad fact about today's world is, often one in two women have been through abuse in their life.

According to studies conducted, the battered woman syndrome has four stages, the first being denial. The wife basically convinces herself that all the abuse she goes through is accidental. She ceases to believe that this dominating individual is simply misusing her. Post this stage comes guilt. Although she accepts that she's being beaten and abused, she blames herself finding reasons making her deserving of the abuse. For example, she'd find defects in her character or believe that she isn't living up to his expectations. This leads to her feeling inferior, forcing her to stay committed to the relationship. The third stage is termed enlightenment, where she finally recognises herself as innocent and no longer assumes responsibility for her husband's abusive treatment. However, she sticks to her choice of staying in this relationship with a tad hope that things...