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Psy344 Final Notes Collection.docx

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Dan Dolderman
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Psy344 Final Notes Collection
(Lecture #6-10)
Psy344 Lec#6
Intimate relationships, domestic violence and stalking
-We are going to finish of intimate partner violence and domestic violence and we are going
to go into stalking a little bit.
- Lets continue on with abuse victims we were talking about domestic partner abuse last
- For the final exam, for this particular lecture im not gonna make you memorize all these
myths about abuse victims instead im telling you these myths about the abuse victims
instead im telling you these myths because of the importance of social frame works. So we
are back to social frameworks and expert witnesses, im trying to make these lectures hang
together so an expert witness will come in and talk to the jury and the judge about myths
about abuse victims so the abuse victim isn’t biased against especially if they have killed
their abuser and are there for a homicide trial.
1) Battered women syndrome affects only a small % of the population; expert witness has
to make sure that the jury don’t think the defendant is claiming to have something that no
one has, because the victims of domestic abuse is still a hidden crime (ashamed, or if they
do talk about it they get hit even more) so its pretty hidden behind closed doors so the jury
must understand that it does occur.
2) Battered women are masochistic only women who “like it” or “deserve it” were beaten;
sure some people to get into s&m types of relationships and that’s fine but these women
aren’t asking for it.
3) Battered women are crazy; the idea that its women’s negative personality
characteristics, they like to do it they are crazy ( very small % of people want to be beat up
and almost no-one in these relationships do)
4) Middle class women are not battered as frequently or violently as are poorer women;
That’s just not the case doesn’t seem to have anything to do with socio-economic standards.
Some rich womens husbands and boyfriends beat them as well, being rich is not a
5) Minority group women are battered more frequently; some stats show that native
American aboriginal women are battered more than anyone else but for everyone else (in-
group, out-group) they are abused just about the same %
6) Religious beliefs will prevent battering; Maybe if you believe you can do good things, or
be a better person or belief in a just world, that snot the case either….

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7) Battered women are uneducated and have few job skills; not the case either a lot of
women have jobs, who aren’t stayed at home moms and they get abused just as much. (
expert has to explain away the fact that when they go to the hospital they say oh I was just
clumpsy and they have all these records of them being clumpsy and no records of them
being abused, defence the say oh look this person is a liar how can we trust what is the
truth and what is a lie. )
8) Batters are violent in all their relationships; idea that this person has no other history of
violence they never talked to anyone else thay are mild at work, never get into any
arguments so how can you say they are violent at home> usually their outlet that’s why
they are not violent in other places because they are abusing their spouse.
9) Abusers are unsuccessful and lack resources to cope with the world; well we saw from
last class that there are only some batterers that have this lack of coping skill some are just
controlling, angry and have resources at work but at home they just take everything out on
their spouse.
10) Drinking causes battering behavior; that’s not true although there is a correlation
between drinking and battering. A good percentage of battering cases, especially when the
person is severely battered or killed does take place when alky is involved.
11) Batters are psychopathic personalities; psychopaths aren’t gonna get into relationships
where they will attack and batter their spouse. Normally psychopaths, especially if they are
criminal psychopaths ( even stalkers) if they are married their wife’s has no idea at all that
they can commit these evil acts at all they are using them, they have a parasitic lifestyle and
often use their wife to maintain money and things like that.
12) Police can readily protect the abused spouse; not really true, they try and as long as its
reported they can try to do something about it but if you actually report it and get a
restraining order and etc etc etc the abuser can still come and do those things unless there
is a police present at the house and that’s very unlikely that someone will watch you for
more than a day…
13.) The batterer is not a loving partner; or appears to be a loving partner> but noone wo
loves their spouse could attack them right? At the same time there is this weird twisted
behaviour, we will talk about this when we get to stalking behaviour but there is this kind
of cycle of abuse, they will shower them with presents and take away the abuse for a while
and seem normal in front of others
14) A wife beater also beats his children; sometimes that is true but its not always the case.
Sometimes we see the wife stay in the relationship so that the children don’t get abused.

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15) Once a battered woman, always a battered woman; this is the idea that these victims
are seeking out people to abuse them (goes back to #2-3) they get into these cyclical
relationships and then they get out of it maybe and just get back into a different one.
16) Once a batterer always a batterer; not necessarily the case either, they can get
treatment. But the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour sooo this might not
necessarily be a myth.
17) Long standing battering relationships can change for the better; opposite of #16 and I
believe 17 a little more. If someone has been doing this for a long time and this is their
personality they are stuck in those
18) Battered women deserve to get beaten; #2-3 myth that they provoke their beating they
push your husband to the breaking point and he had to lash out. That’s just nonsense, you
can always turn and walk away the batterers choose to beat their spouse
19) Battered women can always leave home; well where are they going to go? Once you get
into this relationships your money and power is controlled, your not allowed to have a job,
no resources so where are you going to go? You have been cut off from your friends and
family and its so small and bits and pieces at the time you don’t even notice it until it is too
20) Batterers will cease their violence "when we get married"; idea that “it will get better
as soon as we get to this point” why don’t you just make it better right now.
21) Children need their father even if he is violent - or "I'm only staying for the stake of the
children"; that’s ridiculous maybe some ppl believe that, it think having no father figure at
all is much better than one that beats the mother in front of them and teaches the kids that
that’s okey.
- Really hard to know the real rates of domestic abuse unfortunately its way easier to know
the rates of domestic homicide. It’s pretty hard to hide the fact that someone is dead.
589 homicides in 2011 about 16% were domestic homicides
between 200-2009 there were about 738 spousal homicides and again represent about
16% of all solved homicide and nearly half of all domestic homicide. The 2009 spousal
homicide rates remained stable for the 3d year in a row, this follows 3 decades of gradual
- 3 times more likely for women to be victims of spousal homicide compared to men.
-female victim’s of spusal homicide were more liley than male victims to be killed by a
partner from whom they are separated > this goes back to, and we will talk about this at
the end of the lecture but stalking “if I can’t have you noone can” or when the idea when
she goes in for the defence for the BWS where there is this idea that if I leave they are going
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