Faculty Publications
 

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1989

Excerpt

This Comment will explore the connection between child abuse and parricide in the context of developing a self-defense claim. Several recent cases will be examined in conjunction with a review of psychological and social theories of child abuse. The case studies are intended to provide perspective on the legal problems that confront child abuse parricide defendants. This Comment will argue that the recent, well documented, "dramatic increase in society's knowledge about sexual abuse"' and the resultant increase in public and professional awareness of the problem of family violence have paved the way for self defense strategies in child abuse-parricide cases. It will conclude by predicting that these claims may soon achieve the same level of judicial recognition as those of battered adult women.