Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute to Host Community-Wide Discussion of Domestic Violence

Monday, January 10, 2022

ORLANDO – The Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College will host award-winning author Rachel Louise Snyder for a community-wide exploration of domestic violence, its roots and potential solutions, as part of PJI’s Conversation on Justice (COJ) conference, which will be held Jan. 24-27.

The conference will feature two primary events on Jan. 26, plus several related events throughout the four-day conference. The guest speaker is Rachel Louise Snyder, American University professor and author of the award-winning book, “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.”

Rachel Louise Snyder

In the book – named one of the New York Times’ top 10 books of the year in 2019 — Snyder combines the skills of an investigative reporter with empathy drawn from her personal experience with domestic violence. When she was nine, her mother died. Her father remarried two months later and began routinely beating his daughter to rein her in. “Violence swirled around me,” she writes. The book features the voices of women, their families and the men who have abused and killed their partners and family members.

While PJI’s annual Conversation on Justice addresses many issues, this year PJI is devoting special attention to domestic violence. Discussions will include the work of Central Florida’s major shelters, how men are socialized, and alternative treatments and judicial resolutions for abusers.

Note: Because of the rise in COVID-19 cases, all conference events will be virtual. To watch or participate in film screenings, panel discussions and workshops, please use the registration links below. Participants are asked to register in advance; PJI will send Zoom links for sessions to participants’ email addresses. To see a full schedule of events, click here:



Wed., Jan. 26; 10-11:15 a.m.
“No Visible Bruises” — A Conversation with Rachel Louise Snyder
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Wed., Jan. 26; 7-8:30 p.m.

“No Visible Bruises” — Panel and Discussion on Domestic Violence
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WRAP AROUND EVENTS: (To register for these events, please visit

Monday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. – Film Screening of “The Mask You Live In.” Hosted by Ben Taylor of Valencia College’s Equal Opportunity Office and Pernell Bush, from No Limit Health and Education.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4-5:15 p.m. – Workshop on All-Inclusive Relationships, presented by Kathryn Ross of Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 8:30-9:45 a.m. – Workshop on Boundaries and Communication, presented by Emilie Mitchell of the Victim Service Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Workshop on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention, presented by Emilie Mitchell of the Victim Service Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 4-5:15 p.m. – Workshop on Stalking and Digital Privacy, presented by Trisha Whitmire of Valencia’s Equal Opportunity Office.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Workshop on Checking In: Friends & Family (Domestic Violence Support), presented by Karie Arch and Kenyetta Willis of Harbor House of Central Florida.

Healing Circles will also be held on Jan. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


Workshops are presented in partnership with Valencia College’s Equal Opportunity Office, Planned Parenthood, Victim Service Center, and Harbor House of Central Florida.

Other program partners include: UCF Women’s and Gender Studies, Interfaith Council of Central Florida, League of Women Voters of Seminole County, League of Women Voters of Orange County, Orange County Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Help Now Shelter, Creating a Resilient Community Network, Safehouse Survivor Services, Valencia College School of Public Safety, Hui International, Muslim Women’s Organization, Sexuality Women and Gender Studies Program of Rollins College, and Prevent Gun Violence Florida.

The events featuring Rachel Louise Snyder are sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase.

For questions about the Conversation on Justice and related events, please contact

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