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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Domestic Violence & Jodi Arias Trial: Arias Was Abuser Not the Abused

This will be a really short post today as I have the flu so I probably won't be posting much this week.

Domestic violence expert and psychologist Alyce LaViolette took the stand yesterday and continues to give her testimony today. I worked for a domestic violence organization and I heard stories first-hand from REAL domestic violence survivors. Arias was not a victim of domestic violence. She didn't have her face bashed in with a pan to the point she couldn't be recognized by her family in the hospital - one of the many stories I heard when I worked for the organization. While not every domestic violence situation is as extreme as some of the stories I heard, her story full of lies proves she was never abused by Travis.

Arias Was The Stalker - Not Travis 
I only caught part of LaViolette's testimony but there is one point that stands out strongly from this morning. She mentioned that the most severe form of domestic violence is stalking. The last time I checked Arias was doing all the stalking - including slashing Travis' and his girlfriend's tires. She was the one crawling through his doggie doors and sleeping under his Christmas tree, and peeping in his windows. There was no evidence of Travis stalking Arias - he wanted her out of his life for good and she couldn't take no for an answer.

It sounds like LaViolette does know what she is talking about when it comes to domestic violence in general, but it doesn't apply. Travis was not an abuser and Arias was never abused by him. Where was the physical evidence of her abuse? The photos of her alleged bruises? I find it ironic that the only person she told about the alleged abuse is Matt McCartney who has already lied.

 LaViolette will eventually get into Arias' relationship with Travis this afternoon, but there is no doubt in my mind that Arias has lied and continues to lie about the domestic violence allegations...and the broken finger story has changed over and over again. She broke her finger the day she killed Travis.

Also, it is common for a person who has killed out of self-defense to call 911. They also don't stab that person 29 times - they just want the abuse to stop so they can get away and that scenario never happened.

Arias makes a mockery of the real victims of domestic violence. Cross-exam by Juan Martinez should be interesting and I'm sure he'll have a few tricks up his sleeve.

The trial continues this afternoon with more testimony by LaViolette. 


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