"Prosecutors often use the violence a mother endured as evidence against her. Since she was battered, they sometimes argue, she should have left the relationship, taking herself and her child to safety."
There is a specific case detailed in the article which discusses one such situation where both mother and child were victims of the abuser and the mother was charged. From there Alex Campbell discusses other cases and how the law treats these women.
There are links to actual court transcripts and the information in the article is detailed. Very difficult to read but I think worth it. I'm only able to read it in parts so I cannot describe the whole article for you but can tell you that it is honest and therefor hard report to read and absorb.