One definition of a battered woman is "A pattern of signs and symptoms, such as fear and a perceived inability to escape, appearing in women who are physically and mentally abused over an extended period, by a husband or other dominant individual."
Perception from the perspective of the alleged abuse victim is everything. Yet, we’ll often still use the “reasonable person perception” theory, which does not work in these cases.
After working with battered women for years, I can say that many go back and back and back and they reiterate that they loved their abuser. And no one in this trial explained the mind-set of Jodi Arias. The prosecution expert said she had “borderline personality disorder” and I believe her expert said, “post-traumatic stress disorder.” Clearly, Jodi Arias has serious problems, and although she comes across bright and articulate, we must question her mental health.
It is no longer a question of justification of a horrendous and brutal killing, it is now one of death penalty mitigation and NO ONE on the jury has the evidence needed to make an informed decision. The jury, after a few hours of deliberation, came back deadlock, asking advice on how to proceed.
Jodi Arias’ attorneys tried to withdraw from the case, calling it a “witch hunt” as witnesses for Arias refused to testify after threats to their life by the public. The only one testifying is Arias herself, who just last week was on suicide watch. We keep her alive just in case we want to kill her. You have to shake your head and question our own judgment as a nation. Even Arizona Governor Jan Brewer jumped on the band-wagon with her announcement that she is guilty before the jury’s decision was made.
If public stonings were allowed, this country would have stoned both Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias to death. Yet, the jailers are ordered to keep her alive so we can possibly kill her later.
Abuse and the Gender Gap is Alive and Well in the US
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the average sentence for women who kill their partners is 15 years — for men, it is just 2 to 6. And they say that approximately 90 percent of women incarcerated for killing men were abused by the men whom they killed.
• 1 in nearly 5 women are raped in their lifetime, while it is 1 in 71 for men.
• 1 in 6 women have been stalked, and for men it’s 1 in 19.
• And 1 in 4 women are the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, while for men it’s 1 in 7.
• And the Washington Post reported that from the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2012, 6,614 troops were killed. During the same period of time, 11,766 women in the US were killed due to domestic violence.