Domestic violence advocate Rosie Batty has posted an emotional tribute to mark her late son Luke’s birthday.
When he was just 11-years-old, Luke was murdered by his father Greg Anderson at cricket training in February 2012. The little boy would have turned 15 this year.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful Luke. We all miss you so much. I am celebrating you today,” Batty wrote on The Luke Batty Facebook page.
“There's an entire community campaigning for change in your memory. We've achieved a lot since we started Never Alone two years ago to this day.”
She signed off the post: “I know you'd be really proud of us. From Mum.”
Batty has passionately campaigned for the victims of family violence and was recognised as Australian of the Year in 2015. Two years ago, The Luke Batty Foundation launched the Never Alone campaign to remind victims of domestic violence they are "Never Alone".
In November, Batty told marie claire that Australia needed significant policy, budget and cultural changes to address the domestic violence “epidemic”.
“Broadly speaking, we need to empower women, give children a voice in the system and hold perpetrators accountable,” she said.
She also reminded men and women that "violence is never ok. You have the right to feel safe and no one should be able to take that away from you.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.