Title

Battered Women Who Kill: Variables Affecting Simulated Jurors' Verdicts

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Family Violence

Publication Date

2005

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

The present experiment investigated the effects of situational, participant and defendant variables on simulated jurors' verdicts in a case where a battered woman has killed her abuser. One-hundred thirty male and female undergraduates from multicultural and African American samples read a trial transcript in which the battered woman was either Caucasian or African American, and had been either physically or emotionally abused. The hypothesis that the defendant would be judged guilty more often in the emotional abuse case was confirmed. No significant differences were found between African American and Caucasian defendants, and between male and female participants, innumber of guilty verdicts. Male participants, and those who had no personal experience with domestic violence, showed significantly less knowledge of the battering situation. Situational factors, such as type of abuse, rather than defendant or participant variables, such as gender, race or prior knowledge, affected number of guilty verdicts.

DOI

10.1007/s10896-005-7801-0

Keywords

Gender

Disciplines

Psychology

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