Mother finds hope amid horror
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.