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Trigger Mechanisms in Lethal Counter- Violence by Battered Women  

Author:  Jodi  Kateiva, MA .; Lee H.  Bowker, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 09, Number 03, February/March 2004 , pp.33-37(5)

Domestic Violence Report

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Battered women are incarcerated in every state women’s prison for killing their abusers. This article looks at these crimes from the viewpoint of victim precipitation instead of self-defense or the effects of battering (called battered woman syndrome in many jurisdictions).

Keywords: heightened sensitivity to signs of battering is sometimes referred to as hypervigilance; abuser unexpectedly becomes victim; victim becomes victor; trigger mechanism an acceleration of the abuse; Jodi Kateiva’s Master’s Thesis, “When the Abused

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