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Rosie Batty: A Mother’s Story


"How on Earth, when you become one of these tragedies — these worse-case scenario tragedies — how do you live with murder?"
--Rosie Batty

Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty has revealed intimate details of her life before and after the death of her son in her new book, A Mother's Story. She now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, shining a spotlight on the issue and calling for change. Her book is now another important step in this struggle.

In telling detail she reveals how Luke often tried to protect her from his father, never really believing that he would become a victim of the death threats that were aimed at him. Tragically, in   February 2014,  Luke Batty was beaten, stabbed and killed by his father while at cricket practice in front of his mother and shocked onlookers in Tyabb,  south of Melbourne.

The book details Rosie's battles with the police, courts and authorities, detailing her frustration at a system that consistently let her family down. She recounts how social workers dismissed Luke's claims that he had seen his father be physically abusive towards her, threatened his life and even how he felt somewhat responsible for his father's well-being.

However the book does not just focus on the bad times- she also reveals how Luke would go to the library with his father to read, or  play basketball. She also shares with us some of the notes Luke would write to her, which she now treasures.

A Mother's Story is both inspiring and heart-breaking, and firmly brings the discussion of domestic violence out of the shadows.

If you are experiencing or know someone who is experiencing domestic violence and would like help, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. If anyone is in immediate danger, please call 000. 

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Book-A-Like: Shining & The Happiest Refugee

Processed with MoldivStories of strength, resilience and courage feature in this week's Book-A-Like.

Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, he fled with some sixty others,heading to Kenya. On the way, death squads hunted them and they daily faced violence, danger and starvation. After almost four months, they arrived in at refugee camps in Kenya - of the group he'd set out with, only five had survived.
Despite what he has gone through, Abdi is a most inspiring man, who is constantly thankful for his life and what he has. Everything he has endured and achieved is testament to his quiet strength and courage, his resilience and most of all, his warm-hearted, shining and enduring optimism. - Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man, Abdi Aden

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.
The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it. - The Happiest Refugee, Anh Do