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As violence against women dominates the Australian headlines as never before, there is great opportunity and willingness to understand and prevent violence. Australian of the Year and Our Watch Ambassador Rosie Batty will talk about the role of the media in influencing the national conversation and launch a major new initiative to recognize and reward journalists whose work has contributed to change.
Family violence campaigner Rosie Batty is the 2015 Australian of the Year, the Pride of Australia’s National Courage Medal recipient and Our Watch Ambassador.
Rosie is a leader in the crusade against domestic 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 domestic 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 domestic 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.
Rosie continues to champion efforts in the fight against domestic violence and along with the former Victorian Police Chief Ken Lay, Rosie has been named as the founding members of an advisory panel on preventing violence against women.
Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children. Its vision is an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence. Its mandate is to stop violence before it happens.