Com v. Dillion Amicus Brief

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Amanda Zelechoski


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2018


In the 1986 case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Dillon, Carol Dillon was found guilty of murder in the third degree after stabbing her husband to death. In this case, expert evidence for the defense was denied due to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania not acknowledging battered women’s syndrome as an adequate self-defense argument. In this poster I will be arguing against the dismissal of expert evidence regarding battered women’s syndrome based on legal precedent and current psychological literature.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Kayla Jenkins is a senior Psychology major at Valparaiso University. After graduation, Kayla plans on attending IUPUI to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work. Kayla hopes to advocate for victims of abuse in her future career.

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