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A Mother’s Story

Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son Luke was murdered by his own father in February 2014 in a horrendous attack that shocked not only Australia, but the world.

Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke Batty at the local cricket ground.

Rosie had suffered years of family violence and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. Rosie believes that the murder of Luke was his father’s final act of control over her.

Since the murder of Luke, Rosie Batty has become an outspoken crusader against family and domestic violence. She has put domestic violence on the national agenda and given voice to thousands of victims who had until then remained unheard. Rosie has won hearts and minds all over Australia with her compassion, courage and grace.

Rosie’s advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence, with the Victorian Labor government establishing Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and committing $1.9 billion to address the family violence epidemic.

In 2015, Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year and founded the Luke Batty Foundation.

Inspiring, heartfelt and moving, this is Rosie’s story.

A percentage of ‘A Mother’s Story’ book sales go to the Luke Batty Foundation.

  • "The story Rosie tells in 'A Mother's Story' is intense, disturbing, moving, poignant and powerful, and will resonate with many, many readers. But this is much more than one woman's story. The bigger story is about the way Rosie galvanised an entire country around an urgent issue of national importance, domestic violence."

    The Honorable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

     
    "Just finished 'A Mother's Story'. Loved it. Cried. Got angry. Important book, beautifully written."

    Juanita Phillips

    ABC News journalist and news presenter 
    "This highly emotional book ... She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger... She has moral authority and dignity ... compelling."

    The Australian Business Review

     

  • "The story Rosie tells in 'A Mother's Story' is intense, disturbing, moving, poignant and powerful, and will resonate with many, many readers. But this is much more than one woman's story. The bigger story is about the way Rosie galvanised an entire country around an urgent issue of national importance, domestic violence."

    The Honorable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

  • "Just finished 'A Mother's Story'. Loved it. Cried. Got angry. Important book, beautifully written."

    Juanita Phillips

    ABC News journalist and news presenter
  • "This highly emotional book ... She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger... She has moral authority and dignity ... compelling."

    The Australian Business Review

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