battered woman’s defense

Barbara Sheehan walking into Queens Criminal Court on Sept. 19, 2011 (credit: CBS 2)

Battered Woman’s Defense Brings Mixed Results

Barbara Sheehan says it was self-defense, the culmination of a lifetime of abuse, and her children have given emotional testimony of their father’s sustained violence. Such a legal approach is known as the battered woman’s defense, and it has mixed results.