18). Such a woman is said to be in a close relationship with the batterer, who inevitably subjects her to psychological, emotional and physical abuse (Walker,1984, P. 203). In most cases, the batterer is her husband. Consequently, the woman loses self esteem, lives under subjugations, guilt and feeling of helplessness or becomes emotionally and psychologically defenseless as observed by King C.J, in Rv Runanjic and Kontinnen (1991). Therefore a woman living in such helpless psychological trauma could commit criminal acts because she is psychologically paralyzed, depressed and fearful per Coldrey J, in R V Brandley (1994). This incapability is caused by the long stay in a brutal environment with a person in close relationship making the woman a prisoner of the circumstance (McKahon, 1999, P.33).
The researcher shall further test whether a battered a women reliance on this expert evidence in capital offences like murder and when charged accordingly, may rely on the (Walker,1984, P. 203). Murder in this circumstance will be discussed as a dependent variable, battering as the control or constant variable while the causes of battering such as psychological, emotional and physical abuse as the independent variables. In this paper, the researcher will use the explanatory research method and design while discussing relevant literature review on this subject, hypothesis, the variables and their attributes, measurement of the key variables, the research design and its elements, the sample and sampling technique as well as the validity and reliability of the measurement of the variables. The aim is to determine the theoretical and practical implications of the “battered woman syndrome” in the administration of criminal justice. After testing all the variables and relevant literature, the researcher will formulate conclusions “battered woman syndrome” is an extension of the