The impact of expert testimony in trials of battered women who kill

Schuller, Regina, A., McKimmie, Blake, M., & Janz, Teresa (2004) The impact of expert testimony in trials of battered women who kill. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 11(1), pp. 1-12.

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Participants (N = 195) were presented with a criminal homicide trial involving a battered woman who had killed her abuser. Within the trial, the presence of expert testimony (battered woman syndrome, social/agency, no expert testimony) was systematically varied. Overall, participants, drawn from both Australia (n=99) and Canada (n=96), were more favourable to the woman’s claim of self-defence if they had been provided with expert testimony. The results indicated that, compared to the no expert control condition, the participants provided with expert testimony (either form) were more lenient in their verdict decisions, with this effect most pronounced for Canadian men and Australian women. Compared to the no expert control condition, the presence of the testimony, either form, also resulted in a belief that the woman’s options were far more limited. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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ID Code: 1578
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: battered women, expert testimony, jury decision, making
DOI: 10.1375/1321871041336091
ISSN: 1321-8719
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australian Academic Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:04

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