Shine the Light
After being named the 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty continued to champion efforts to fight domestic violence. She spoke at over 250 events, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes.
“If, by raising community awareness of family violence – and getting men to recognise that this is a very basic issue of gender inequality – I manage to help one woman, then it will have been worthwhile. If I serve as inspiration for one one victim of family violence to summon the strength to call a crisis line and take steps to remedy her situation, then I will have achieved all I set out to do.
“Of course, if, along the way, I pay a part in changing legislation or shifting societal attitudes towards family violence, or thoroughly reviewing the way we fund and support frontline family-violence service providers – from emergency shelters to counselling services – then that is a good thing too. Because it is fundamentally unacceptable that we can’t live in our own homes safely, that people who are close to us can terrorise us and make our lives miserable and we are not doing enough about it. I hope I have forced that uncomfortable truth out into the open.”
Rosie Batty, A Mother’s Story