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Taskforce Alexis, Melbourne

The statistics are horrifying — more than one woman is killed every week as a result of violence from a partner. This year we started working with Victoria Police in Taskforce Alexis, which sees Salvation Army family and domestic violence worker Roseanne embedded in a police team in Melbourne’s south-east.

Roseanne attends family and domestic violence incidents with police to assist with welfare concerns and connecting people with social services.

The aim is to reduce repeat offences by intervening early with individuals and families.

Taskforce Alexis

Roseanne, pictured above, works amongst women and children in horrifying situations

As of July last year, Roseanne had worked with 66 adults and 59 children. Of the adults she’s worked with, 53 have been the affected family members and 13 have been perpetrators. She works with perpetrators to help them consider support services like drug and alcohol rehabilitation, or behaviour change programs and also encourages accountability for the use of violence to reduce its use.