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Meet Author Rachel Louise Snyder
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In the presentation, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder provides crucial context for what we don't know we're seeing. As she lays out in her award-winning book No Visible Bruises, the scale of domestic violence in our country is obscured by commonly-held 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.
Joe Meyer, Executive Director & CEO of Shelter House, Toni Zollicoffer, Divison Director of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and other experts will discuss local resources that are available for those experiencing domestic violence.
Cosponsored by Shelter House.
As a journalist, Rachel Louise Snyder has traveled to more than 50 countries, covering stories of human rights, natural disaster and war. Her audio credits include the nationally syndicated global affairs series Latitudes on public radio, Marketplace, and All Things Considered, and the Audible original podcast The First Wife: John Meehan’s Reign of Terror. She is also the author of 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 is at work a reported narrative examination of gender discrimination in the court system. Ms. Snyder lives Washington, DC where she is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at American University.
About Shelter House
Shelter House, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to neighbors experiencing homelessness and victims of domestic violence in our community. Shelter House operates five shelter facilities and several housing programs.
About Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS), a division of the Department of Family Services, offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. DSVS also operates the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 703-360-7273.
This program is appropriate for ages 18+. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button (below). A Zoom link will be emailed one day prior to the start of this event.
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- Saturday, October 21, 2023
- 11:00am - 12:30pm
- Library Branch:
- Virtual Event
- Author Event
- This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
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 of epic proportions.” 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.