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Rosie Batty appointed Our Watch Ambassador

January 22 2015 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

Courageous advocate for the prevention of family violence, Rosie Batty, has been announced as an Our Watch Ambassador.

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Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, said that Ms Batty is a champion for social and systemic change in order to prevent domestic and family violence.

“Rosie has been a tireless advocate for the rights of survivors of family violence,” Ms Stott Despoja said.

“She has helped ensure family violence is top of the policy agenda. Rosie makes clear that this violence transcends social status, post code and ethnicity. Domestic and family violence affects one in three women and one in four children,” she said.

After Ms Batty was named 2015 Victorian Australian of the Year, the National Australia Day Council said she had given ‘voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard’.

“Our Watch is privileged to have Rosie join our team as an Ambassador. Australians will learn from her experiences and will benefit from her insights as to how we can achieve cultural change,” said Ms Stott Despoja.

Ms Batty said she became an Our Watch Ambassador because the organisation’s long term strategies in the prevention of violence; strategies that align perfectly with her own goals.

“Through strategically focussed programs, I see Our Watch changing community attitudes towards family violence by recognising how gender inequality involuntarily influences our acceptance and ambivalence towards this social epidemic,” said Ms Batty.

“I look forward to assisting Our Watch to promote and build their public profile and program participation, and to share my story as a victim of family violence so that community attitudes can be influenced through the power of experience,” she said. 

Ms Batty joins existing Our Watch Ambassadors - comedian and television presenter, Charlie Pickering, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, human rights advocate, Khadija Gbla, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of the Australian Army, actor and director, Damian Walshe-Howling and actor, Miranda Tapsell. 

Picture: Aaron Francis 

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
 
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory and South Australian governments have also since become members of the organisation.
 
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.