Maltreated Women Syndrome

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Although some courts do not recognize this as a criminal defense, it can be considered secondary evidence for other defenses such as self-defense, defense from being coerced etc. Because 'Maltreated Women Syndrome' affects a person's behavior, an expert needs to be retained to testify and explain her acts in this context. Some courts allow using expert testimony about 'Maltreated Women Syndrome' to prove the accused did not have the requisite intent for committing the alleged crime.

See Defenses