With Australia Day fast approaching I thought it was timely to introduce the Australian of the year for 2015, Rosie Batty. I remember watching the news footage as it all unfolded and being shocked by the violence being so public. She tells her story and asks for support at Never Alone.
“When a grieving mother spoke out calmly just hours after her son’s murder, she gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard. Rosie Batty has risen 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 story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence can happen to anyone. Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, praising Rosie as the most “remarkable victim” he has ever met, says Rosie has put domestic violence on the national agenda. Rosie now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes. Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many other victims of domestic violence and her courage and willingness to speak out will make Australia a far better place.”
There is so much hope to be found in people such as Rosie Batty, she could easily have sunk so low into grief that she was never seen again, but it appears as if her Spirit within gave her the courage to move beyond her own circumstance and envisage a world where this no longer happens, where there is respect for all people. Where no-one feels ownership of another, where every life is valued and honored.
Speaking out about Domestic violence, of all types and creating a world where it is not accepted is important. This change is possible and will make a difference to how the world shifts and changes. Thank-you to Rosie Batty for being the person she is, and for all that she has done and will do to create that change here in Australia.