No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hosted by: Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA, Sexual Assault Resource Agency-SARA, and SHE-Shelter for Help in Emergency


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Rachel Louise Snyder (No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us) shares the research and reporting involved in this deep examination of what lies behind domestic abuse, the intense psychological terrorism that can spiral into family violence and lost lives. Moving past common myths, Snyder looks at what it takes to truly address the core of private violence. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Unable to attend? This program will be livestreamed on the Virginia Festival of the Book  Facebook page and archived for future viewing.

Why should you attend?

“Compulsively readable . . . In a writing style that’s as gripping as good fiction, as intimate as memoir and deeply informed, [Snyder] takes us into the lives of the abused, the abusers and the survivors. . . The stories are devastating, but Snyder keeps us reading by pointing us toward possible solutions . . . After a few chapters, I was telling a prosecutor friend that everyone in her office–no, everyone in the state who deals with family violence–had to read this book. Because it will save lives.” —The Washington Post

“[A] powerful investigation into intimate partner abuse . . . with closely observed, compassionate portraits of victims, advocates, abusers and police. Penetrating and wise, and written in sometimes novelistic prose, Snyder’s sobering analysis will reward readers’ —Publishers Weekly, “Best of the Year,” starred review

“Extraordinary.” ―New York Times, “Editors’ Choice”