Rosie Batty, Anti-Domestic Violence Crusader

Rosie Batty (source: Australian Women's Weekly)

Rosie Batty (source: Australian Women's Weekly)

Rosie Batty was voted the 2015 Australian of the Year for her tireless crusade against domestic violence.

In February 2014, Rosie's 11-year-old son Luke was murdered during cricket practice by his father Greg Anderson, Rosie's ex-partner. They had been separated for some years, and Rosie had intervention orders set in place to protect her and her son from his abusive behaviour. Greg was shot dead by police at the scene, but it was too late to save Luke.

Since Luke's tragic and horrific death, Rosie has displayed incredible strength and courage. She's become a passionate advocate for victims of domestic violence, and has endured excruciating inquests to pinpoint failures in the system and to prevent her own experiences happening to others. One of her key areas of focus is education in schools, to help reverse the culture of violence and abuse.

She created the Luke Batty Foundation to raise awareness of how common and widespread domestic violence is, and, thanks to what's been dubbed the "Rosie Batty factor", the first-ever royal commission into family violence has now been set up in Australia with $30 million committed over the next four years to protect women and children at high risk of domestic violence.

Rosie has recently published her autobiography, A Mother's Story.

“My belief is a tragedy gives you an opportunity to make a difference. I’ve always admired people who do that.”