2015 Australian of the Year

28 Jan, 2015

Relationships Australia WA joins the Australian Human Rights Commission in congratulating Rosie Batty on her selection as Australian of the Year.

Ms Batty has campaigned tirelessly for the many unheard victims of domestic abuse after the death of her son Luke Batty by her ex-partner.

“She has taught us that out of tragedy and grief comes immense power - the power to positively impact on one of the gravest human rights abuses happening in Australia today - domestic and family violence,” said Commission President Gillian Triggs.

Ms Batty has used her voice to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence and has called for systematic changes. Thanks to her selfless efforts she has helped put domestic violence on the Government’s national agenda. 

She dedicated the award to her “beautiful son, Luke”.

"He is the reason I have found my voice and I'm able to be heard."

Ms Batty said that while Australians live in a "wonderful country ... there remains a serious epidemic across our nation".

"Family violence may happen behind closed doors but it needs to be brought out from these shadows and into broad daylight," she said.

Other winners of the top honours included: Jackie French, Senior Australian of the Year; Drisana Levizke-Gray Young Australian of the Year; and Juliette Wright Australia’s Local Hero. To find out more about the awards visit the Australian of the Year Awards website.

Photo credit: Australian of the Year Awards

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