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The ideology of victim precipitation

Many of the processes and behaviours of the human condition are intended to restore or maintain homeostasis. According to Oltmanns and Emery (2006), people attempt to strike a balance between too little stimulation and too much negative stimuli, such as stress and anxiety. For an individual with too little stimulation, the balance may be restored by engaging in extreme sports, for individuals who are long term victims of domestic abuse, their homeostasis may be restored by eliminating the source of the stress: an abusive spouse or partner (the so-called case of battered woman syndrome or various self defence claims). Attempts to regulate physical or psychological integrity not only involve the primary party, but also others within their care or supervision. Preservation victims may also behave in ways that ensure the safety or survival of others, such as children or others under their direct care. In cases where victims may strike back against oppressors, there is generally some allowance under the law wherein the punishment is mitigated or criminal responsibility absolved where claims of self defense are legitimate. For some, staying in an abusive relationship may be seen as the more viable alternative, as to leave would mean certain death. This mental state is supported in the research on domestic homicide, suggesting that women are most at risk of violence within the immediate time of their departure