2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Award-winning journalist Rachel Louise Snyder will discuss her latest book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us with Shirley Clark, CEO and Executive Director of The Women’s Center. This event is a benefit for The Women’s Center, a local nonprofit that offers mental health counseling, support, and education to women, men, families, young adults, and children in the Washington, DC area. Learn more about The Women’s Center.
ABOUT NO VISIBLE BRUISES: WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN KILL US BY RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER
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.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CENTER
For over forty years, The Women’s Center has provided mental health counseling, support and education to the metropolitan area to help people live healthy, stable and productive lives.
Since The Women’s Center was founded in 1974, we have grown to include service to women, men, families, young adults and children. We now serve 4,000 people annually at our two locations in Virginia and Washington, DC. Functioning as a teaching institution for mental health professionals, we provide one of the largest, and most prestigious and competitive training programs in the region.
A nonprofit organization, The Women’s Center relies on philanthropic support to offer subsidized and free care and support to people in need in the community.
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.
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