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No Visible Bruises

What we don't know about domestic violence can kill us

Rachel Louise Snyder

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Scribe Publications
07 January 2020
AN ESQUIRE AND NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR.

An award-winning journalist's exploration of the domestic violence epidemic, and how to combat it.

AN ESQUIRE AND NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR.

An award-winning journalist's exploration of the domestic violence epidemic, and how to combat it.

An average of 137 women are killed by familial violence across the globe every day. In the UK alone, two women die each week at the hands of their partners, and in the US domestic violence homicides have risen by 32 percent since 2017. The WHO deems it a 'global epidemic'. Yet public understanding of this urgent problem remains catastrophically low.

Journalist Rachel Louise Snyder was no exception. Despite years of experience reporting on international conflicts, when it came to violence in the domestic sphere, she believed all the common assumptions- that it was a fate for the unlucky few, a matter of bad choices and cruel environments. That if things were dire enough, victims would leave. That violence inside the home was private. And, perhaps most of all, that unless you stand at the receiving end of a punch, it has nothing to do with you.

All this changed when Snyder began talking to the victims and perpetrators whose stories she tells in this book. Fearlessly reporting from the front lines of the epidemic, in No Visible Bruises she interviews men who have murdered their families, women who have nearly been murdered, and people who have grown up besieged by familial aggression, painting a vivid and nuanced picture of its reality. She talks to experts in violence prevention and law enforcement, revealing how domestic abuse has its roots in our education, economic, health, and justice systems, and how by tackling these origins we can render it preventable.

'An explosive new book ... C lear, smooth and accessible.' FIVE STARS -Amy Bloom, The Guardian 'Powerful ... Snyder exposes this hidden crisis by combining her own careful analysis with deeply upsetting and thoughtfully told accounts of the victims ... To her credit, Snyder takes seriously the underlying causes of violence, interviewing perpetrators and noting that many have often been victims themselves ... An important book..' -Alisa Roth, The New York Times Book Review 'A brilliant work ... what makes it move with the suspense of a beach novel is Snyder's passionate storytelling, which often soars to the point of lyricism but remains unfailingly honest.' -Ms. Magazine
By:   Rachel Louise Snyder
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   428g
ISBN:   9781925849820
ISBN 10:   1925849821
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   07 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of three books, and her journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, the New Republic, and on NPR's This American Life. Currently, she is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Journalism at American University in Washington, DC.

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