The Safehouse

The Safehouse

by T. Thomas Ackerman


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When There Is No Safety

Every nine seconds, a woman becomes a victim of domestic violence in the United States. The laws don't do enough to protect these women and their children from the abuse, which will always escalate. Detective Jessica Warren understands all too well how vulnerable women are in abusive relationships. And she's not going to stand by and watch as innocent victims are injured, or worse. The Safehouse is the story of Jessie Warren and the closely knit network of powerful women who aren't willing to allow abusive men to hide behind inadequate laws. It's the story of the victims she helps, some of whom learn to break out of the patterns holding them trapped. And it's the story of how Jessie navigates the police system with pragmatism, intelligence, and heart to extend a helping hand to women in need. But with all the time and emotional energy she spends helping others, will she be able to maintain her own life balance? And will she be able to outsmart the one member of the police force who doesn't approve of her unorthodox methods? True to life and riveting, The Safehouse will take you on a compelling journey to justice. The author is donating 25% of royalties from this book to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432775247
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/29/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Safehouse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midwest Book Review "A fine read that will grip the reader and not let go . . . Justice can sometimes be so hard to find. The Safehouse follows Detective Jessica Warren as she searches for justice as she joins with others in a crusade against domestic violence. But the law is not always on her side, and Jessica finds there are those who are working against her within it. Split between the law, her own goals, and standing against the evil that reeks in the world, The Safehouse is a fine read that will grip the reader and not let go.
CBH More than 1 year ago
A well-written down-to-earth story of spousal abuse. I realize there are some men that are abused by their spouse but the huge number of abuse done by husbands far exceeds that figure. Much is not reported by the woman figuring that ¿for the child¿s sake¿, or ¿it will get better¿, or ¿he won¿t do that again¿, or ¿he really loves me¿, and ¿he didn¿t realize what he did to me¿, and on and on explanations that are rarely truthful. No ¿man¿ hits a woman or his own children, for those that do reduce themselves to a non-civilized way of living, are not men! Detective Jessie Warren had been with the city of White Cliff and was now getting all of the domestic violence calls the city received. She was getting quite a few cases on this matter and had learned how to treat the abused as well as those charged or suspected to be the abusers. Some of these methods were not legal but if the end result stopped an abuser, she was contented. Jessie had several that worked with her to get that end result and with the many women that needed help from these brutal abusers and batterers, she had amazing success in getting a resolution to most cases. There were shelters for the abused women and their children (when they were involved); shelters that were located in secret areas so the women could feel safe physically. Mentally they never felt safe from harm until their spouse or boyfriend were locked up or gone from the face of the earth. If, as in a small number of cases, the shelter was found by the batterer, Jessie would then get them to a safehouse where they would not be bothered or hurt, but in these women¿s mind, they were never safe. Jessie was relentless in tracking down these men. She had her own methods in dealing with them by several methods; some men would ¿happen¿ to have an auto accident or other type of accident that took their life; some would spend time in prison but the length of imprisonment was never long enough and the abused could not feel safe knowing that. Jessie had her ways of dealing with these abusers. Some you will follow through court as the law fights to put these abusers where they belong for a long time. You will also follow Jessie through her methods, hoping she does not get caught and she herself would have to be charged in a crime. A very good book that enlightened my knowledge. You will feel enraged at some of the things these abusers try, and many times succeed, when they go berserk and become enraged at their spouse either by terrible temper or by alcohol. ¿Safehouse¿ is an easy to read book that covers abuse very extensively. I highly recommend it.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised this book can't be found on I added it! The main character and the plot are the main draws. Jessie, who is a detective and victim of domestic violence herself, is the main character. She is brave, kind, caring, and protective. She embodies all of the qualities one could hope to have in a detective. The story is quite literally as the summary reads. The reader will follow Jessie as she makes quick, intelligent decisions in particularly hard cases. It is not so easy as separating the abused from the abuser...sometimes, the abused is afraid to say anything or won't leave out of fear. The situations the author details will force the reader to sit up and pay attention. The reader will certainly not be bored, he or she will be rooting for Jessie throughout the novel. There are many intriguing secondary characters in this novel, the reader will enjoy getting to know them better. I personally loved Jessie, she was the best part of the book. A strong female lead in a domestic violence book just...fits perfectly. The author clearly did plenty of research in order to create the scenes described in this book with such realism. The ending has a surprising twist. The reader will be happy she/he picked up this book. This book is recommended for adult readers who enjoy crime fiction and realistic fiction.