Inspiring Rosie Batty sets vision of no more DV
AUSTRALIAN of the Year Rosie Batty outlined a vision yesterday that our children would some day live in a world free of family violence - but it's a world that tragically her son Luke will never get to experience.
The 11-year-old was killed by his father Greg Anderson in February last year at a junior cricket club outside Melbourne.
Mr Anderson was shot by police and later died in hospital.
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For many inspired by Ms Batty's story, it seems inconceivable that in less than two years she has found a way to overcome the deep grief of losing her only child to become a tireless and outspoken advocate, travelling the country to hear from women and make their voices heard.
Her efforts have ensured family violence - which she labels "family terrorism" - has been elevated firmly into the national conversation.
Ms Batty was the keynote speaker yesterday at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Make it Stop symposium, which brought community leaders and groups together to create a Sunshine Coast plan to stop domestic violence.
Ms Batty said she hoped that in years to come, the campaign against family violence would be as successful as the campaign against smoking.
"I hope we can say to each other 'how things have changed', she said.
She said as a society we had a tendency to blame the victims of family violence, which meant a "huge" campaign of education and awareness-raising was needed.
"Instead of asking 'why doesn't she leave', the question should be 'why is he choosing violence'," she said.
And she said if we took action now, a new generation would grow up free of the trauma of family violence.
"Wouldn't it be great that by the time children got to our age, it's different," she said.