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These resources are related to the 2023-2024 common reading, “No Visible Bruises” by Rachel Louise Snyder. New resources and content will be added soon related to the next book, “Democracy Awakening” by Heather Cox Richardson.

Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC) EPEC supports victims of interpersonal violence throughout the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence – WVCADV is a coalition of all the local domestic violence shelter programs in West Virginia. This site lists all the DV shelters in West Virginia and how to contact them. The WVCADV website also has information about domestic violence, and some information about West Virginia law dealing with domestic violence.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – This site provides information and resources to support those experiencing an emotionally, verbally or physically violent relationship.

WomensLaw.Org–  This website provides information about how to obtain a protective order.

Additional Reading and Related Resources:

Scarborough Library LibGuide

The US Dept. of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women

Author’s website:

About the Lethality Assessment Tool

Rachel Louise Snyder’s American University faculty profile:

Why Do Women Stay With Their Abusers? Here’s One Overlooked Reason” – The Washington Post, 4/24/23

New Yorker articles related to domestic abuse

“Who Said We All Survived? How Survivorship Language Eclipses Victim’s Pain – and Our Responsibility”

Films, Series, Podcasts, etc.

Happy Valley
Targeted podcast

Safe Night app (When a survivor needs help, you can make a difference. Download Safe Night app and enter Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center)

More by Rachel Louise Snyder:


  • Women We Buried, Women We Burned, (Bloomsbury, 2023)
  • No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • What We’ve Lost is Nothing (Scribner, 2014)
  • Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)

Selected Articles