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In 2015 Rosie Batty received the honour of the Australian of the Year.
Rosie is a leader in the crusade against family violence and has turned her personal tragedy into a fight to help others. Rosie’s name became synonymous with the words courage and resilience. Only hours after her son’s life was tragically taken, Rosie gave voice to many thousands of victims of family violence who had until then remained unheard.
Rosie Batty rose above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of family violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s ability to articulate the train of events that led to this tragedy, has demonstrated the wider implications of her experience.
Now a tireless campaigner, Rosie established The Luke Batty Foundation and launched the Never Alone Campaign.
Rosie was a founding member of the Council of Australian Governments advisory panel for preventing violence against women and she is the recipient of the Pride of Australia’s National Courage Medal and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Fortune Magazine has named Rosie one of it’s top 50 world’s greatest leaders and Rosie was voted the most influential person in the Not for Profit sector on Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list.
Rosie is leading a Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council for the Victorian Government as a response to the country’s first Royal commission into Family Violence.
Rosie is also an Ambassador for Our Watch, and The Lort Smith Animal Hospital and a Patron of Doncare Community Services.
Danny Blay is a Men’s Behaviour Change Program facilitator and counsellor and was previously the CEO of No To Violence Male Family Violence Prevention Association (NTV) for eleven years. His key achievements included the contribution to an expanded and coordinated approach to family violence in Victoria, the development of innovative training on family violence prevention for the community sector and fostering formal working relationships with other aligned organisations and stakeholders. Danny has made significant contributions to the development of improved and innovative ways in which family violence is addressed in Victoria, including the training of sector workers. Danny also led the expansion of the Men’s Referral Service into New South Wales and has significant experience in working with government and other statutory bodies in policy development and implementation.
In a previous life Danny has been a youth and parenting support worker and has had a long association with community radio. He can now be heard regularly on 774 ABC Melbourne and in 2013 he published Drive Around The World: One Family, One Car, One Year, One Planet (Hybrid).