Dr. Ruby Tatum Wallace
Will be teaching at Hurt No More Out Reach. She is a Psychiatrist, Certified in Anger Management over 40 years, and a Member of Domestic Task Force. Stay Connected to Hurt No More Out Reach for her Monthly Presentations.
Battered women syndrome is a psychological condition resulting from consistent or severe domestic violence. The theory behind it states that a woman learns helplessness after cycles of repeated violence. A woman becomes depressed to a point where she is unable to take independent action to fight back, to escape or to seek help from others
Battered women can be physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially or even sexually abused by their partners. Abuse crosses the boundaries of age, race, ethnic or religious affiliations. Contributing factors in abusive situations include low self-esteem, fear, financial dependence or lack of access to proper help. Battered women endure the abuse believing they deserve it or are not able to function without their abusers.
Denying to others and to herself that a problem exists in the relationship and believing violence is an isolated incident constitute the first stage of battered women syndrome. Guilt is the second stage, during which abuse has become normal, and the woman recognizes the abuse but feels she is to blame. Enlightenment, the third stage, is reached when the battered woman stops blaming herself for the abuse and recognizes the fault of the abuser. The woman does not leave the relationship but seeks help for her partner and hopes for change. Responsibility is the final stage of battered women syndrome. The woman comes to terms with her abusive partner and realizes the problem is beyond her control. She no longer makes excuses for the abuse and begins to take steps to leave the relationship.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Battered women syndrome is considered a subcategory of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD includes a history of exposure to a traumatic event that is remarkably distressing to almost everyone. Symptoms of PTSD include daytime fantasies, nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety disorders. PTSD is most associated with women who have backgrounds of physical and sexual violence.