skip to content

Stop Violence Against Women

Psychology of the Battered Woman Syndrome


FOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL STAGES OF THE BATTERED WOMAN SYNDROME


DENIAL  


The woman refuses to admit--even to herself--that she has been beaten or that there is a "problem" in her marriage. She may call each incident an "accident". She offers excuses for her husband's violence and each time firmly believes it will never happen again.

 
GUILT 

 
She now acknowledges there is a problem, but considers herself responsible for it. She "deserves" to be beaten, she feels, because she has defects in her character and is not living up to her husband's expectations.

 
ENLIGHTENMENT 

 
The woman no longer assumes responsibility for her husband's abusive treatment, recognizing that no one "deserves" to be beaten. She is still committed to her marriage, though, and stays with her husband, hoping they can work things out.

 
RESPONSIBILITY  


Accepting the fact that her husband will not, or can not, stop his violent behavior, the battered woman decides she will no longer submit to it and starts a new life.

 

Home  |  Calendar  |   About Us  |  Community Awareness  |  Domestic Violence  |  FAQ  |  Resources  |  Self Help  |  Services & Programs  |   Contact

© 2014 Stop Violence Against Women, All rights reserved.

This site is not intended to replace the need for counselling. The information provided is intended to inform the viewer, giving information to help you be informed to make the best decision possible for you and your family. Please, always seek professional help and legal advice if you find yourself in an abusive situation.