No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
An award-winning journalist's intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America's most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Family violence - United States, Victims of family violence - United States, Domestic violence
||Marriage, Family & Other Relationships
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An award-winning journalist's intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America's most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a global epidemic. In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. We still have not taken the true measure of this problem. In No Visible Bruises, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder gives context for what we don't know we're seeing. She frames this urgent and immersive account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode the common myths-that if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; that violence inside the home is separate from other forms of violence like mass shootings, gang violence, and sexual assault. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores not only the dark corners of private violence, but also its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Snyder's singular achievement is that she illuminates the dark corners of this specter [domestic violence] as a way to understand it and thus eliminate it. --J. Anthony Lukas Prize, Judges' Citation for NO VISIBLE BRUISES A fascinating chronicle of the $55-billion-a-year global denim industry. --The Los Angeles Times on FUGITIVE DENIM A highly pertinent view of the fashion world today . . . from the sweatshops that feed our desire for cheap jeans, to the environmental repercussions of making them and then throwing them away --The Guardian on FUGITIVE DENIM Fugitive Denim calculates the cost--environmental, political, human--of our designer duds . . . A thoughtful, ultimately hopeful look at how our choices about something as mundane as jeans can alter the lives of people 10,000 miles away. --Fast Company on FUGITIVE DENIM Snyder's debut is smooth and engaging, and reads like the work of a veteran novelist. --Publishers Weekly on WHAT WE'VE LOST IS NOTHING A muscular and fearless debut novel that boldly tackles the heady themes of prejudice, self-preservation, poverty and privilege. --Booklist on WHAT WE'VE LOST IS NOTHING Snyder writes with the rigorous scrutiny of an investigative journalist and the deep and roving empathy of a natural-born novelist; the result is a bold and mesmerizing exploration of daily truths we don't talk about nearly enough . . . A stellar debut by an important and necessary new voice among us. --Andre Dubus III, author of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and TOWNIE, on WHAT WE'VE LOST IS NOTHING A powerful, page-turning debut that dares to delve below the surface of our glossy American lives. You may never look at your neighbors--or yourself--the same way again. --David Goodwillie, author of AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE, on WHAT WE'VE LOST IS NOTHING
Rachel Louise Snyder's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Her other books include Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, and the novel What We've Lost is Nothing. She has been the recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her work on This American Life. No Visible Bruises was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. An associate professor at American University, Snyder lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter at @RLSWrites