short answer is yes -- some
women do go to jail as a result
of protecting themselves against
an abuser. This is a problem
that anti-domestic violence
advocates have been working
on by, one training judges when
they are hearing these cases,
training prosecutors, and working
with the police to stop situations
from escalating or to be able
to identify what is really happening.
You can learn more via the Family
Violence Prevention Fund, www.fvpf.org.