Family Violence


Last week Rosie Batty announced she is winding up the Luke Batty foundation and will be stepping out of the public eye. Rosie set up the Luke Batty Foundation in memory of her 11-year-old son who was murdered by his father Greg Anderson while at cricket practice in February 2014 after she had endured year of violence at Anderson's hands.

(Rosie Batty pictured left with ASU Branch Coordinator Melissa Wainwright)

A tireless anti-family violence campaigner, Rosie was named Australian of the in 2015. Rosie has been widely credited with raising the political profile of family violence, having successfully helped campaign for the federal government's women's safety package and the Victorian Andrews government's family violence royal commission. The former Australian of the year also assisted in launching and raising the profile of Women's Legal Services Australia's campaign to improve the family law system for survivors.

The campaign which was backed by more than 90 domestic violence groups and community legal centres - proposes a number of measures, including providing more survivors free legal help in family law cases and introducing laws that prevent women from being directly cross-examined by their abusers in court. It also suggests removing the Family Law Act's focus on "equal shared time" in custody battles "to shift culture and practice towards a greater focus on safety and risk to children.

The ASU thanks Rosie for her tireless efforts championing the rights of family violence victim/survivors and her push for improved service delivery systems and improved funding for the family violence sectors.

ASU Branch Coordinator Leon Wiegard and Organiser Kristy Lee Tyrrell have set up regular meetings with Family Safety Victoria to discuss the implementation and roll out of the Safety Hubs and the potential impacts on ASU members. For further information at ASU activity in the family violence sector please get in touch with Kristy Lee Tyrrell on 0419 506 310 or Or please get in touch to come along to out next family violence network committee


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