Criminal Psychology. Chapter 7 “Syndrome Evidence” Talbot Kellogg Community College. What is a Syndrome?. A group of symptoms which occur together and characterize a disease. Implies a consistency of symptoms. Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS). Fact
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Every 12 seconds, in the U.S., a man batters his wife or former wife.
37% of all obstetric patients are battered during pregnancy.
Approximately one out of every four women seen in America’s hospital ERs was injured by her male spouse or friend.
Battering is currently the leading cause of injury in American women, sending more than 1 million every year to the doctor’s office or ER.Battered Woman Syndrome
Loss of the assumption of invulnerability, optimistic outcome, and safety
Fear and Terror
The cycle of abuse
Increased tolerance for cognitive consistency.
C. Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following: