Battered Women / Wife Syndrome
Battered Women’s Syndrome can be termed to be a form of post-traumatic stress and is recognized as the psychological condition that can be use to describe someone who has been the victim of consistence and severe domestic violence. To be classified as battered women, a woman should fall through the cycles of abuse.
What is a Cycle of Abuse?
A Cycle of abuse is an abuse that occurs in a loop pattern. Abuse can be identifiable as being cyclical in two ways: Generational and Episodic.
Generational – This cycle of abuse are passed down, in pattern from parents to children.
Episodic – This cycle of abuse is in a loop pattern within the context of at least two individual in the family tree. It may involve spousal abuse, child abuse and even elder abuse.
A son is repeatedly either verbal or physical, abused by his father and will predictably treat his own children in the same way. When a daughter hears her mother frequently tear down, belittle, and criticize her father, she will adapt a learned behavior, which involves control through verbal abuse. Similarly, a child who witnesses his parents engaging in abusive behaviors toward each another, will very likely subject his or her spouse to the same abusive patterns. These are the exclusive examples of generational abuse.
The episodic cycle of abuse has character of distinct periods of behavior that eventually result in an extreme episode of verbal or physical abuse.
Stages of Battered Women’s Syndrome
The stages of battered women syndrome can be classified in four stages:
The stage one of battered women’s syndrome occurs when the women usually denies to others, that she is in a problem. They tend to make different excuses for any abusive incident. They also believe that the abuse will never be repeated again.
The stage two of battered women’s syndrome occurs wherein the women accept the fact and acknowledges that there is a problem in her relation and agree that they have received beating from their partner. Battered women will begin to question on their own characters and try there hard to live up to their partner’s expectations.
The stage three of battered women’s syndrome occurs when the battered woman begins to understand that she no more deserves to be beaten-up by their partner. A battered woman comes to see that the beatings she receives from her partner are not justified. The women also recognize that her partner has a severe problem or some psychological problem that provoke him to beat her. However, she stays with her partner in an attempt to keep the relation in tact with hopes of some change in the nature and behavior of her partner.
The stage four of battered women’s syndrome occurs when a battered woman feels that her partner has a problem that only he himself can fix and solve it of his own. Battered women in the stage come to understand that there is nothing that they can do about their partner. Battered women in this stage might take take the necessary steps to leave their partner and begin to start new lives.
If you are a victim of domestic violence help is available.