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

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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 any
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Bloomsbury
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Mehrsa
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a WOW book for me. I know about domestic violence and worked briefly at a shelter when I was in college, but the book still blew me away. Snyder is the rare author that can make broader points by telling individual stories. She sneaks in facts and data and process in telling a compelling story. She also grapples with broader cultural issues and shows a lot of empathy for the perpetrators of violence. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.
Cara
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few books that manage to highlight a complex social issue, show you just how little you understand it, AND THEN provide a litany of ways we as individuals and a society can have a huge impact right now. Snyder made me understand that domestic violence impacts every life and society, and then did something that felt amazing in a world of depressing articles and troubling news reports: she demonstrated concrete ways to make change. She gave me policies to advocate for. NO VISIBLE BRUISES ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
It's a global epidemic. It affects everyone of every nationality, color, creed and socio economic status. It's intimate, personal, and it's terrorism.
The #MeToo movement and social awareness has raised domestic violence to a higher platform but not high enough.
We must break the glass ceiling for all involved including men, women, and children and most certainly families if we are to succeed.
I know I'm a survivor of domestic violence by a former spouse and malignant narcissism ( personality trait
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Ang
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely heartbreaking, but it's also 100% necessary. It's terrifying. TERRIFYING. But it's required reading. You should read it. I'm not kidding.

I know that I'm going to be thinking about this book for a really long time, and it has radically informed what I thought I knew about intimate partner terrorism (domestic violence).

I'm just in awe of this book. (Also, the read-time in no way indicates how compelling the book is; I constantly wanted to be reading it, but I also needed b
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Steve Ellerhoff
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every one of us needs to read this book. If you have not been hurt by intimate partner terrorism yourself, please make time for this book. For those of us who have, it is hard to read—but in the way that needed medicine can taste terrible. This book is one of those books that stands in a unique position to raise our consciousness for the better. In this case, it stands to normalize advocacy and protection for abused women and their children, who are murdered in numbers that dwarf our country’s s ...more
Nicolaus Stengl
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
According to a study, which reexamined gender differences in U.S. homicides (published in Violence and Gender, Vol. 6, No. 1), Emma E. Fridel and James Alan Fox found that homicides by intimate partners has been increasing in the last few years. As the New York Times reported, “the number of victims rose to 2,237 in 2017, a 19 percent increase from 1,875 killed in 2014…The majority of the victims in 2017 were women, a total of 1,527.” The decline in homicides by intimate partners began in late ...more
Karen Ng
The #metoo movement has raised awareness of sexual abuse at work, in schools, churches and organized sports, but what if the terrorism happens in your own house- in your home that supposedly is your "safe haven" from the hectic outside world. You are abused emotionally, verbally and physically behind the locked door. When the person that promised to love and take care of you does exactly the opposite? What if the person who claims he loves you more than anything controls your every move, isolate ...more
Rachel Lichtman Castaño
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a difficult book to read, but it's so important.
Kirsta
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
I consider this a must read. It is so well-written, engaging readers in the way that non-fiction always wants to but isn’t always successful at; but most importantly, it’s so comprehensively researched. It’s well thought out, presenting the problem in a way that avoids shaming offenders or victims. I work in criminal justice and attend every training I can about working with DV relationships and found this book to be phenomenal. I will recommend this constantly.
Jose A
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is stunningly well written and always engaging. It makes persuasive arguments about the root causes of domestic violence and offers clear actionable measures that can be done to improve the problem. I love books that can take anecdotes and marry them to policy and research
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I thought that I knew a lot about domestic violence, but this author made me realize how much I didn't know. This book was really informative and the best thing that was included was ways in which all of us can make an impact.
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Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, professor and public radio commentator. Her first book Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade was published in 2007 by WW Norton. An excerpt of the book –aired on This American Life and won an Overseas Press Club Award. Her second book, a novel set in Oak Park, Illinois and entitled What We’ve Lost is Nothing wil ...more
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