The issue that we are researching is women who kill and what factors have caused this event to occur. The majority of these women committed these acts in self defense after being abused for years by their husbands. The major problem with these events is that it is difficult to determine if the woman was actually a victim of abuse. It is believed that some women were not victims and have simply used this as a way to get away with murder. In doing this we are now faced with a difficulty believing some women who were victims of abuse. These acts of violence are often unreported and this has lead many to say "Why didn't she just leave or say something if she was really being abused?" Our society, at large, does not understand the mindset and problems of an abused woman. In an effort to better understand these crimes, We believe that we can find solutions to ensure that these murders never have to occur in the first place.