FIGHTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
HOW could a grief-stricken mother have the courage to speak with so much power and compassion in light of an unimaginable loss?
That’s what many of us wondered when Rosie Batty (left) emerged from her home in the Victorian town of Tyabb in February 2014 to address the waiting media about the horrific murder of her son Luke less than 24 hours earlier.
The 11-year-old had just finished cricket practice and was playing in the nets when his father Greg brutally attacked him.
As well as reliving the tragic event, Batty gives insight into the several difficult years leading up to that fateful day and her relationship with her abusive former partner in the moving Foxtel documentary The Nice House.
“I’ve got nothing to lose and nothing more to be frightened about,” Rosie says of the domestic violence awareness campaign she’s spearheaded for almost two years.
“If I’ve made a small difference and Luke hasn’t died in vain, I feel proud. If I have, through what I’ve done and how I’ve chosen to handle Luke’s death, made a difference, it makes me feel as though I have purpose and meaning in my life.”
She reveals Greg might’ve killed her too that day, if not for a splitsecond decision to run towards a group of adults for help.
Batty’s powerful message since then has resonated and forced governments to act on what experts describe as a national epidemic.
Batty was named this year’s Australian of the Year.
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