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No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

No Visible Bruises

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

Rachel Louise Snyder

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 7 May 2019
ISBN: 9781635570977

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.

  • The GuardianBook of the Day
5 stars out of 5
Amy Bloom
10 Jun 2019

"An explosive new book"

Snyder is here to tell us, in her clear, smooth and accessible style (never folksy but never academic, and so matter-of-fact you can feel the writer holding herself in check so as not to overwhelm us with painful details), that we have misunderstood. The most dangerous place for an American woman to be – the most dangerous place on Earth – is in her own home. Snyder uses the case of a Montana family, Michelle and Rocky Mosure and their children, to create a strong narrative spine that runs through the book (which has been much praised in the US, described as a book that will “save lives” by the Washington Post). She interviews everyone who can be heard from: family, attorneys, police officers.

There is a river of shame and grief in this book, and even the most well meaning wade in it. Even those who seem to refuse responsibility (“The criminal justice system isn’t set up for uncooperative witnesses,” says a former district attorney) do also seem to know better and to regret, genuinely, all the things that went wrong and led to a young woman and her children being murdered by a man who was known to the police and to the courts for having beaten and terrorised them all repeatedly.