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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Rosie Batty's Stand Against Family Violence, New Campaign ‘Never Alone’: VIDEO

Earlier today, Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year posted this confronting tweet:

Today… would have been her son Luke's 13th birthday. He would have been a teenager… today.

But he is not here as he was murdered by his father, who then killed himself. Rosie was a victim of domestic violence, at the hands of Luke's father, her ex husband.

Here is the just released video from the Luke Batty Foundation:

Please stand with Rosie and all people who experience family violence. Join the campaign at www.neveralone.com.au. We will give them a voice in the community and in the corridors of power.

Rosie's new site is Never Alone. You can visit that here.

She tweeted:

The site is a place for those dealing with family violence and offering a place to seek help, as well as providing a means for Australians to pledge their support for them, and show the Australian politicians how much we want change.

“We will stand with the women and children affected by family violence so that they are supported in the community and have a powerful voice in the corridors of power,” the site says. “Never Alone will build a groundswell of support for victims that will make it impossible for family violence to be ignored any longer. We will not tip toe around the issue of family violence. We will say the things that make people feel uncomfortable.”

In the video, Rosie talks about her story before detailing how vast this national epidemic is. “Every three hours a woman is hospitalised,” she says. “Every single week two women are murdered. Family violence is every Australian’s business.”

Rosie also wrote a piece the new 'The Daily Telegraph' site Rendezview.

Some of what she says, “Luke and I were not to blame for what happened to us”. “We were failed by the system — a system that I wrongly believed was there to protect us. A system that desperately needs to change.”

“I want us all to have uncomfortable conversations about the way family violence services are funded, and about the way the police and judicial systems deal with both the perpetrators and victims of this most pernicious crime … I want to drag this issue out from the shadows so that no other mother has to experience the pain I will go through today. That I go through every day.”

Here is another of Rosie's tweets:

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