Rosie Batty - Changemaker

In the final episode for this series, we talk to the amazing Rosie Batty AO. Rosie became a household name in Australia for all the wrong reasons. After her beloved son, 11 year old Luke was brutally killed by his father at a cricket game in 2014, Rosie faced the media and in a spell binding delivery sent the nation a message we needed to hear: “Family violence happens to everyone. No matter how nice your house, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone and everyone.”

Thrown into the spotlight, Rosie tirelessly dedicated herself to raising awareness of Australia’s hidden epidemic of violence against women. In 2014 she established the Luke Batty Foundation to assist women and children. She then played a major role in establishing Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, and had a leading hand in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. 

In 2015 Rosie she was named Australian of the Year. At the time she said she was, “the person no one wants to be, the mother who has suffered the insufferable.”

Rosie’s tireless advocacy has taken her around the nation and to international forums, including the UN. In 2016 she was ranked 33 in a list of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. In 2019 Rosie was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

But all this selfless advocacy and passionate effort comes at a cost. In this powerful discussion for our Changemaker series, Rosie opens up about what her life has been like since that fateful day her son was murdered. We discuss the highs and lows, including the painful collapse and eventual closure of the Luke Batty Foundation. But with failure comes wisdom, and in typical Rosie style she is beautifully generous and open in sharing what she has learned.

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