image description
Author Rachel Louise Snyder will be speaking about her writing on domestic abuse this Thursday at the Colonial Theatre.

'No Visible Bruises': Presentation on Domestic Abuse Slated Thursday

Print Story | Email Story
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine people have died from domestic violence in Bekshire County in the last three years. 
 Requests for restraining orders is 33 percent higher in Berkshire County than in the rest of the state.
"Those are indicators that we have a problem," says District Attorney Andrea Harrington, describing it as a public health issue as much as a crime issue.
Harrington's office, through the Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, is bringing award-winning journalist Rachel Louise Snyder to Pittsfield to speak about her latest book, "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us."
Snyder will be at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The presentation is part of the task force's "One Book, One Community" project in conjunction with the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
Harrington said the book had been recommended to her and that she had been "blown away" upon reading it.
"It offers a road map of what it is that I would like to do here in Berkshire County to address the problem that we have of domestic violence," she said during a recent interview. "And we do have a serious problem here with domestic violence."
The task force, established by her office, and working with partners had ensured that copies were made available locally, especially to law enforcement and judges.
There have been more than 30 book club events related to the book since October and some 300 people have already reserved seats for the presentation.
"This is a great way for our community to work across many different sectors on a really significant public health challenge," the district attorney said.
Harrington said the book shows that there are solutions to domestic violence, once you throw out the old gender stereotypes. 
"If we have good investigations, if we have effective laws, if we have people who are communicating across the community ... if we ask ourselves why does the perpetrator continue to use violence against loved ones?" she said. 
Snyder's book offers a guide for systematic change in how to address the issue of domestic violence. She determined proven strategies after years of studying cases and analyzing best practices to address the issue.
Her research looks at abusers and the abused, caseworkers, investigators, mental health and poverty, and the "myths" of domestic abuse. 
"The stories are devastating, but Snyder keeps us reading by pointing us toward possible solutions," write The Washington Post in its review. 
The Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force organized the event. Greylock Federal Credit Union, Williams College, The Berkshire Eagle, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Theater Group, MountainOne, Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, A-List Luxury Vehicles, 18 Degrees, the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Beacon Cinema, Images Cinema, Triplex Cinema, and Hotel on North are sponsoring the presentation.
First responders, health providers, and educators will receive continuing education credits for attending; 18 Degrees is providing child care and the Berkshire Immigrant Center is providing Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation.
A reception and book signing will follow with catering from Naturally.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and the presentation will start at 5:30 p.m. The event is free but those wishing to attend should reserve seat through theater's page here.

Tags: books,   domestic violence,   

Comments welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to

Pittsfield OK's Alcohol License Transfer to Camp Arrow Wood

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite pushback from neighbors, the Licensing Board on Monday approved a liquor license transfer from a long-shuttered restaurant to Camp Arrow Wood located on Cloverdale Street.

The unanimous vote changed the location, manager, and management/operating agreement from The Elbow Room to the camp, which is a venture of Mill Town Capital. The Elbow Room has been closed for about five years.

It was approved in October 2021 but was kicked back by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission because the transfer also required a change of location and public notice to abutters, which was provided in mid-June.

Residents of Cloverdale Street expressed safety concerns pertaining to the property having a liquor license, saying the neighborhood is a quiet place that they don't want to be disrupted by unruly patrons.

"Cloverdale Street is a quiet, peaceful, rural neighborhood. Allowing alcohol to be sold in this camp would decrease our property values, would increase traffic, and more importantly, destroy the character of the neighborhood," a resident said.

View Full Story

More Pittsfield Stories