Mother finds hope amid hor­ror

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only form of vi­o­lence,” she said.

“We know there are many forms of vi­o­lence that ex­ist.”

She also said vic­tim blam­ing was still a huge is­sue.

“I still get of­fended when peo­ple ask the ques­tion ‘why didn’t she leave?’,” she said. “That is where we are still at.” She said re­spon­si­bil­ity needed to be placed on the per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence.

“It is all up to the vic­tim to leave and keep her­self safe. It’s up to her find a refuge and get away from the sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

“Why isn’t there more on the per­pe­tra­tor to change his ways?”

In re­gards to the men­tal health of the vic­tim, Ms Batty said that it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there are ser­vices and peo­ple who can help.

“I have dealt with this for a long time… but it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber there is help,” she said.

If you are or know some­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, con­tact 1800 RE­SPECT. Ms Batty shares her story in her book,

The book ex­plores her life be­fore Luke's death and her re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther Greg An­der­son as well as life fol­low­ing his death.

The book shares fam­ily photos of Rosie and Luke and is a heart­felt, in­spir­ing and emo­tional story .

Ev­ery now and then I would be af­forded a glimpse into just how trou­bled his mind was. But it would only ever be a fleet­ing glimpse – and usu­ally only ever hinted at in a throw­away com­ment. Be­cause he was con­vinced that ev­ery­one was out to get him, it was rare that Greg con­fided in any­one. So for him to tell me one af­ter­noon that he some­times heard voices was a ma­jor ad­mis­sion. It set off alarm bells, but be­cause he would of­fer some­thing up and then shut down com­pletely – re­fus­ing to elab­o­rate and mak­ing it clear it was not a topic for fur­ther dis­cus­sion – I was left un­sure how se­ri­ous he was or whether in fact I had even heard it.

Rosie Batty at the re­cent launch of her book in Perth.

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