FIGHT­ING DO­MES­TIC VIOLENCE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - Shan­non Mol­loy

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.

THE NICE HOUSE WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, CI NET­WORK

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