When Rosie Batty lost her son Luke, in one of the most shocking incidents of family violence that Australia has ever publicly witnessed, her response made Australia sit up and take notice.
She said, “I want to tell everybody… that family violence happens to everybody. No matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone, and everyone.”
Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, has described Rosie as the most ‘remarkable victim’ he has ever met.
Less than a year after losing her son, Rosie was awarded the Australian of the Year for 2015.
In this extended interview with Hope Mornings, Rosie talks about how her life has changed since losing Luke, how she has found new purpose in her role as a campaigner against family violence and what really needs to change to tackle domestic and family violence in Australia.
Today, every week an Australian woman dies at the hands of her partner or former partner. And one third of Australian girls will have experienced violence by the age of 15. Rosie believes that things will only change if men are part of the solution and if women feel supported to make the necessary changes in their life.
But Rosie is not just a family violence campaigner. She is also a mum, grieving the loss of her only child. She shares some words of encouragement for anyone currently going through tough times.
Listen Now: Rosie Batty speaks from the heart about what she has been through and what it means to her to be Australian of the Year, 2015.
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