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viii, 307 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -297) and index.
Part I: The end. Little lunatics ; Barnacle siblings ; Whatever he's holding inside ; Daddy always lives ; A bear is coming at you ; This person you love will take your life ; And then they'll pray ; I can't live here anymore ; Systems, accidents, incidents ; And what happens next -- Part II: The beginning. Penance ; Watching violence in a fishbowl ; The fatal peril club ; Clustered at the top ; The haunting presence of the inexplicable ; A superhero's kneecaps ; In the season of unmitigated discovery ; Those who break -- Part III: The middle. In the cracks ; Shelter in place ; In the fire ; Grace under pressure ; Chambering a round ; Free free ; Shadow bodies.
"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 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 [this book], 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. "--Dust jacket.