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A theory of multiple victimization using the "cycle of violence" and learned helplessness to explain the development of a psychological problem in women who are repeatedly abused by their husbands.

The person becomes depressed and unable to take any independent action that would allow him or her to escape the abuse.
I think he's suffering from Battered Wife Syndrome. He is a timid person, unable to think for himself and is tentative about making any decision for fear of being verbally or physically attacked.
by Joe from the OC March 03, 2011
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