After her eleven-year-old son, Luke, was killed by his father in February 2014, Rosie Batty became one of Australia’s most visible advocates for victims of family violence. Her advocacy has led to a royal commission into family violence in Victoria; in January 2015, she was named Australian of the Year.
Batty has succeeded in placing family violence squarely at the forefront of the national conversation. But, as she wrote in a recent article for The Saturday Paper: ‘…policy is what we need. Changing community awareness and being passionate are great things, but the problem also requires nitty-gritty stuff.’
We’ll investigate what this real, practical change in Australia’s relationship to family violence might look like – and grapple with questions of policy – with Human Rights Law Centre executive director Hugh de Kretser, sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, and co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the National Justice Coalition, Kirstie Parker.
Alongside Rosie Batty and host Joanna Fletcher, they’ll explore what a proper and nuanced response to the complex issue of family violence might entail, and weigh up the roles of law enforcement, government, communities and the legal profession.
Presented in partnership with Human Rights Law Centre and Women's Legal Service Victoria.
Family violence campaigner Rosie Batty is the 2015 Australian of the Year and the Pride of Australia’s National Courage Medal recipient. Batty rose above her personal tragedy and the loss of her eleven year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a public assault. Batty continues to champion efforts in the fight against domestic violence, and has been named as a founding member of an advisory panel on preventing violence against women.
Hugh de Kretser is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. He has worked on family violence, sexual assault and criminal justice issues for over a decade across his current role and previously as Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres (2007–2013) and Manager of the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (2004–2007).
Elizabeth Broderick is the current Sex Discrimination Commissioner and leader of the Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Broderick is Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, and an Ambassador for the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.
Kirstie Parker is a Yuwallarai Aboriginal woman from north-western NSW. Parker is an elected Co-Chair of the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples, co-chairs the national Close the Gap Steering Committee and the National Justice Coalition, and is a Director of Reconciliation Australia.
Joanna Fletcher has been working on issues arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women for over 14 years. Prior to commencing as CEO of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) in 2010, Fletcher managed WLSV’s policy and advocacy work. Fletcher is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Roundtable for the prevention of Family Violence.