A Conversation about Domestic Violence: Journalist Rachel Louise Snyder in Conversation with Family Violence Expert Lynn Rosenthal

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Drexel Theatre
2254 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Called “Gut-wrenching, required reading” by Esquire, and named one of the most anticipated books of 2019, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, is an award-winning journalist's in-depth 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. Author Rachel Louise Snyder will be in conversation with Lynn Rosenthal, first-ever White House advisor on Violence Against Women, former Policy Director for the Biden Foundation’s Violence Against Women Initiatives, and the new President of The Center for Family Safety and Healing.  

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.

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 LifeNo Visible Bruises was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. An associate professor at American University, Snyder lives in Washington, D.C.

Lynn Rosenthal is President of The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, whose mission is to break the cycle of family violence. She is a long-time, nationally-known champion for the prevention of family violence. Prior to her March 2019 arrival in Columbus, Lynn served as the director of Violence Against Women Initiatives for the Biden Foundation, was the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. She also served as vice president for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and held leadership positions at state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico. 

The Center for Family Safety and Healing, Columbus Bar Association, and The Drexel Theatre are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive Salon@2424 event.Tickets at $10 are available through Eventbrite and will go toward the purchase of Ms. Snyder’s book, which will be on hand at the event. This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.00 total CLE hours of instruction.