The Rosie Batty Story
With 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty
Saturday 10 October 2015
Podcast now available (mp3 format 25.1MB)
Rosie is a leader in the crusade against domestic violence and has turned her personal tragedy into a fight to help others. Rosie’s name became synonymous with the words courage and resilience. Only hours after her son’s life was tragically taken, Rosie gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard.
Rosie Batty rose above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s ability to articulate the train of events that had led to this tragedy, has demonstrated the wider implications of her experience.
Now a tireless campaigner, Rosie established The Luke Batty Foundation and has this year launched the Never Alone Campaign, asking all Australians to stand with her and beside all victims of family violence by signing up at neveralone.com.au
Along with the former Victorian Police Chief Ken Lay, Rosie has been named a founding member of the Council of Australian Governments advisory panel on preventing violence against women.
Rosie is also an Ambassador for Our Watch, The Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Doncare Community Services and this year was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Her public speaking appearances are a remarkable story of resilience, courage, inspiration and making a difference.
Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many people.
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