Rosie and Luke Batty
On 12 February 2014, 11-year old Luke Batty was murdered by his own father at cricket practice in Tyabb, a quiet suburb on the Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. It was a horrifying event that captured the attention of the entire nation.
The following morning Luke’s mother, Rosie Batty, told the media waiting outside her house: “If anything comes out of this, I want it to be a lesson to everybody. Family violence happens to everybody, no matter how nice your house is or how intelligent you are. It happens to everyone.”
Rosie had endured years of abuse from Luke’s father, Greg Anderson. Greg had never been violent towards Luke, they loved each other, and despite Greg’s violence towards her, Rosie supported the father-son relationship. When Greg’s abuse became physical, Rosie had gone to courts, sought help from police and exhausted all legal options trying to protect herself and Luke. And she believes that Luke’s murder was the final and ultimate act of Greg’s vengeance for losing control over her.
The tragedy helped Rosie to find her voice. Since Luke’s death, Rosie has been speaking passionately about the need to address the family violence epidemic.“If Luke hadn’t died in such an extreme way, I’d just be one of those ‘family violence’ people no one listens to,” says Rosie. But now she had a newfound purpose to make a difference, and to create a legacy for Luke.
Her advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence. Much to Rosie’s surprise, she has received awards and acknowledgements for her dedication to the cause and has realised that perhaps she is making a difference.
Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year 2015, was ranked No.33 in the list of the World’s Greatest Leaders 2016 by Fortune magazine, and was named one of the most influential people in the Australian social sector in 2015 and 2016 Impact 25 awards. Rosie has gained the support of many Australians who also want to see change, and who are prepared to do their part to turn things around and demand a society that offers compassion, understanding and effective support to those affected by family violence.
“Luke, my little man. You did not die in vain and will not be forgotten. You are beside me on this journey and with me every step of the way.”
Rosie Batty’s 2015 Australian of the Year acceptance speech
Legacy for Luke
Luke Batty Foundation was established by Rosie Batty in 2015 in memory of her son Luke.
Luke Batty Foundation is a primary prevention organisation. The idea of primary prevention comes from healthcare and means preventing the onset of the disease before it occurs by promoting health and reducing risk factors. Family violence is a national epidemic in Australia. The Luke Batty Foundation works to stop men’s violence against women and children before it occurs. We believe that our children are the generation that will challenge the violence-supportive attitudes of victim blaming and gender inequality ingrained in the society.
Our work is focused on raising awareness and educating the community about family and domestic violence. Through the voices and experiences of women and children, we will drive and effect attitudinal, cultural and systemic change throughout Australia. We work with educators, health professionals, community workers, employers, media outlets and journalists, and the wider community, asking everyone to stand up and say no to family violence.
Our Vision: All Australians are engaged in ending violence against women and children.
Our Values: Honesty, Transparency, Courage.
Our Purpose: We are inspired and informed by the voices of women and children who deepen our understanding of family and domestic violence, helping us to drive real change.
Never Alone is the campaigning arm of the Luke Batty Foundation. Launched in 2015, Never Alone brings people together to drive change.
Because nothing ever changes until the change cannot be stopped.
- Never Alone supporters have already celebrated some important achievements:
- We helped to reverse the budget cuts to Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
- We delivered to Canberra a petition with 20,000 signatures demanding to protect the children and fix the family law, the review into which was announced by the government in 2017
- We contacted key decision makers and crossbenchers in the parliament and spoke out against the direct cross-examination by abusers in the family court, which was allowed until the 2017 family law review
- We have delivered petitions with thousand of signatures to all state and territory leaders, calling for compulsory respectful relationships programs in schools.
You can read more about our current campaigns in Our Campaigns section of the website.