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Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty
Born c. 1962 (age 53–54)[1][2]
England, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian
Known for Domestic violence campaigner
Children Luke Batty (2002–2014)
Awards 2015 Australian of the Year

Rosie Batty (born c. February 1962) is an Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year.[3]


  • Background 1
  • Campaign against domestic violence 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Batty was born in England and settled in Australia in 1988, following an initial visit in 1986.[4]

Campaign against domestic violence

In April 2013, Luke Batty, Rosie's 11 year old son, told her that his father, Greg Anderson, had shown him a sharp knife and said "this could end it all". Rosie wanted her son's relationship with his father to be like other families, but decided she could "no longer support his relationship with his father"[5] and changed an intervention order to block Anderson's access to Luke. In September 2013, police and a child protection officer went to see Rosie and Luke.[6] Luke told the police about the incident with the knife, but said that he loved his father and was not in fear of him.[6][7][8]

In February 2014, Anderson murdered Luke at cricket practice in the outer Melbourne suburb of Tyabb.[9][10] Anderson threatened ambulance workers with his knife, and later died in hospital from self-inflicted stab wounds and gunshots.

Batty told the media that, "... family violence happens to everybody. No matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone, and everyone."[11]

Following the murder of her son, she became an advocate for domestic violence victims and campaigner for fixing the failures in government processes relating to the protection of women and children.[11][12][12]

In 2014, Batty established the Luke Batty Foundation to assist women and children affected by domestic violence.[13]

In April 2014, she responded to a comment from journalist Joe Hildebrand on Ten Network's Studio 10, a TV panel show. Discussing proposed Victorian laws for compulsory reporting of child abuse cases, Hildebrand said that being "scared for your own safety, I’m sorry, it is not an excuse". In response, Batty said that she was shocked at the notion, and had thought that after her son's death, she had hoped that "something would come out of this that would actually show the difficulty women have in abusive relationships".[14]

Batty's story was instrumental in the establishment in 2015 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in her home state of Victoria, which is due to report its findings in February 2016.[15][16]

Rosie Batty was appointed 2015 Australian of the Year.[17][18]

In September 2015 she called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to close Australian immigration detention facilities due to the incidence of rape and sexual assault.[19]


  1. ^ "Rosie Batty named Australian of the Year".  
  2. ^ "Mother says Luke loved and trusted his father despite his problems".  
  3. ^ "Australian of the Year: Rosie Batty awarded top honour for efforts to stop family violence".  
  4. ^ Harari, Fiona (29 November 2014). "Mother courage: Rosie Batty's life after Luke".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Luke Batty inquest: Officer would not have left boy alone with his father if she thought for 'one minute' he would be harmed". ABC News. 
  7. ^ "Luke Batty inquest: Hearing begins for father who killed son with cricket bat". NewsComAu. 
  8. ^ "Luke Batty inquest: Father, Greg Anderson, previously threatened 11yo son with knife". ABC News. 
  9. ^ Davey, Melissa (21 October 2014). "Rosie Batty hits back at questions about her actions before son Luke's murder". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Davey, Melissa (22 October 2014). "Luke Batty's killer, Greg Anderson, was 'bad, not mad', police tell inquest". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Mother Courage".  
  12. ^ a b "Luke Batty's mother Rosie urges overhaul to prevent children's deaths".  
  13. ^ "Luke Batty Foundation". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Rosie Batty blasts Studio 10 host Joe Hildebrand on morning TV". 7 April 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Akerman, Pia (20 January 2015). "Australian of the year: Rosie Batty, a voice of family violence".  
  16. ^ Batty, Rosie (21 January 2015). Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty welcomes Victorian royal commission (Streaming audio; transcript). Interview with  
  17. ^ Australian of the Year Awards - Honor Roll Retrieved October 2, 2015
  18. ^ Australian of the Year: Rosie Batty awarded top honour for efforts to stop family violence January 26, 2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved October 2, 2015
  19. ^ Allard, Tom Rosie Batty takes on Malcolm Turnbull over detention centres: 'They must be shut down' October 2, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald

External links

  • Thompson, Geoff; McGregor, Lisa (29 July 2014). "Rosie's Story" (streaming video; transcript).  
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Adam Goodes
Australian of the Year
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