I. Introduction. When people think of domestic violence, they usually think of an abusive man beating his helpless wife at home. While it is commonly believed that this is the case, studies show that domestic violence is just as common between both genders. Occasionally, the woman is the abusive one, and the abuse is not limited to physical violence. One such example of a female abuser is the case of Jodi Arias. Arias was born on July 9, 1980 in Salinas, California and started dating her victim, Travis Alexander, in February of 2007 after meeting at a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. They spent five months as a couple before they broke up in June 2007, but maintained a sexual relationship. Arias made headlines when she was charged with murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Victim Travis Alexander was a Mormon born on July 28, 1997 in Riverside, California among seven siblings. Before his death, Alexander was an insurance salesperson as well as a motivational speaker for a legal services company then named Prepaid Legal Services.
Domestic abuse varies from physical to emotional violence, from just the threat to an actual assault, sexual or not, directed at the victim to scare or intimidate them. It may also include economic exploitation and even something as minimal as neglect. Abusers usually want have a sense of power and control over their partners, feeling the need to hurt them or see them in pain.
Arias was manipulative during their…