No Visible Bruises

No Visible Bruises

What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

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A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR * NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST * LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST * HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD FINALIST * KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY: Esquire , Amazon, Kirkus , Library Journal , Publishers Weekly, BookPage, BookRiot, Economist, New York Times Staff Critics

"A seminal and breathtaking account of why home is the most dangerous place to be a woman . . . A tour de force." --Eve Ensler

"Terrifying, courageous reportage from our internal war zone." --Andrew Solomon

"Extraordinary." -- New York Times ,"Editors' Choice"

"Gut-wrenching, required reading." -- Esquire

"Compulsively readable . . . It will save lives." -- Washington Post

" Essential, devastating reading. " -- Cheryl Strayed , New York Times Book Review

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; and most insidiously that violence inside the home is a private matter, sealed from the public sphere and disconnected from other forms of violence. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.,, 2019
ISBN: 9781635570977
Branch Call Number: ANF 362.829209 SNY
Characteristics: viii, 307 pages ; 25 cm

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kookaburraofdoom
Nov 24, 2019

On Best Books of 2019 NYT list

LPL_SarahM Jul 28, 2019

Rachel Snyder's research is intense and the book is not what anyone would call an "easy read." However, it's important for everyone to take a look at how we treat victims of domestic violence, what the statistics say about gun accessibility in relation to DV, and how important it is for first responders to have adequate training in handling intimate partner violence cases. We could all use some self reflection when it comes to our own attitudes regarding violence in the home: "Why does she stay?" is answered in this book over and over again. We no longer need to ask the accusatory question.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jun 29, 2019

Poorly researched. Badly written. Uninformed.

The author interviewed and quoted several colleagues and friends. I have invested the last 10+ years of my life writing a blog for survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. I have read and reviewed hundreds of books about domestic violence and books written by survivors. This one is by far the worst.

We know a lot about domestic violence. Sadly, the author didn't invest the time to ferret out successful best practices.

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