Rosie Batty AO
Rosie Batty has risen above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11-year old-son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault. Rosie’s story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence can happen to anyone. Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, praising Rosie as the most ‘remarkable victim’ he has ever met, says that Rosie has put domestic violence on the national agenda.
Rosie now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes. Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many other victims of domestic violence and her courage and willingness to speak out will make Australia a far better place.
Hannah Aroni, Relationships Australia Victoria
Hannah Aroni’s experience includes roles in disability advocacy; casework; counselling in a service supporting people with disability who have experienced trauma; curriculum design and facilitation within the university sector; and work as a legal researcher and judges’ associate at the Court of Appeal and Family Court of Australia. Alongside her role as a Clinical Designer and Facilitator at Relationships Australia Victoria, she currently works as a Senior Caseworker and Projects Officer with In Good Faith Foundation, supporting survivors of institutional sexual abuse and contributing to policy, advocacy and education initiatives. She is also Co-Director of A_tistic, a majority-neurodivergent-led theatre/recreation, education and consulting organisation promoting better understanding of autism and the neurodiversity paradigm.
Professionals who work with people impacted by family violence, including community organisation workers, school staff, health professionals, youth workers, child and family workers, and counsellors.