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Originally published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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Domestic violence expert testifies in Arias trial

Testimony resumes in Jodi Arias' murder trial with a domestic violence expert who is discussing the generalities of abusers and victims.

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PHOENIX —

Testimony resumes in Jodi Arias' murder trial with a domestic violence expert who is discussing the generalities of abusers and victims.

Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette (la-VI'-oh-let) says many victims of such abuse don't report it and rarely tell anyone because they feel ashamed and humiliated. The defense witness returns to the witness stand for a third day on Thursday.

Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

Authorities say she planned the attack on her lover. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with it then said it was self-defense.

Arias says Alexander grew physically abusive prior to his death, but no evidence at trial has supported her claims.

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