We all remember the devastating news about Luke Batty back in 2014.
Killed by his father at cricket practice.
As mums, our heart shattered.
Shattered for a child’s life lost in such a terrible and frightening way.
Shattered for his mum.
How do you continue as a mother when you lose a child in the worst way imaginable.
What Rosie Batty has achieved since that day is admirable.
She has turned tragedy into an opportunity to make a difference by founding the Luke Batty Foundation.
Her vision is simple yet powerful.
Any person, particularly every woman and child, deserves to live free from violence and should be treated with respect, believability and compassion when on a journey to claim their right to safety.
Hear! Hear! Rosie Battie, we bow to you and think you are incredible!
Domestic violence is rife in our society and I am sure many of you have your own experiences, either personally or involving people you know and love.
I have my own story about why I said a BIG YES to be involved in the Aussie Wellness Women project to raise money for domestic violence.
When I was in my teens a person very close to me was affected by domestic violence.
She was in her teens too.
She was one of the most confident and popular kids I knew.
She had heaps of friends and a supportive family.
She ‘fell in love’ with a boy and they were together for quite a few years.
This confident girl started changing. She became withdrawn and quiet. Secretive and disengaged.
The first few times she said she had bumped into the door or fell down the stairs I believed her.
But then it became obvious.
When I confronted her she denied anything and withdrew even more.
She withdrew to him. The guy who was hurting her.
I would see her car at his house when she said she was going somewhere else.
She would stay at his place until the bruises and marks had faded so she didn’t have to lie to the people she loved.
So I went and talked to a counsellor about what to do.
She advised me to Take her to the movies or for a walk along the beach. Just spend time with her and let her know that I am there to support her.
So that is what I did. That is what her friends and family did.
Looking back we should have done more.
It’s so easy to look back on and think why didn’t we do more, why didn’t we put a stop to it. Why didn’t we confront him?
But these situations are always so complex.
We were scared to do more in case she disengaged from us even more.
Thank goodness she finally escaped this relationship but it took a long time.
The most heartbreaking thing is – she wanted us to do more!
She told me that years later and it made me wonder how much she had to endure because we didn’t do more!
Nothing ever happened to him.
He was never charged.
He probably went on to abuse other girls and women.
She is forever scarred. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
We hear the terrible stories of women being killed. At least 75 women were killed as a result of domestic violence last year.
At least 75! This number alone is terrible.But what about the hundreds or thousands of women and children who are affected by domestic violence every day that we don’t hear about.
Something needs to be done and today you can help in a small way by purchasing a copy of From our kitchen to yours. Purchase a copy here
Not only will you be contributing to ending domestic violence you will be gifting yourself a beautiful book chock full of delicious recipes from Aussie wellness women such as
Sonia Donaldson from Natural New Age Mum – Sonia is the one who came up with the idea for this project and has worked tirelessly to bring it all together.
Jo Whitton from Quirky cooking
Brooke and Sally from the Organic sisters
Monique Phipps from the Nourished Psychologist
Georgia Harding from Well Nourished
As well as so many more (and, of course, one from me too!)
Buy your copy of From our kitchen to yours here and help us reach our goal of raising $200,000 for the Luke Batty Foundation.
If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault you can call 1800 737 732 information and support is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.