'Rosie Batty can't do it all by herself' - Anne Summers for DailyLife

9 February 2015

Selecting Rosie Batty to be 2015 Australian of the Year is a huge moment for our country. She'd been my pick but I still doubted she'd win. Was Australia really ready to have the conversation about domestic violence?

It turns out we are. Or, at least, some of us are. For that conversation to be meaningful and ultimately productive – by making Australia safer for women and children – two things need to happen.

Governments, federal and state, need to understand their role, which is to lead change and to provide the necessary funds. And individuals need to be ready with their own action plans if they encounter, or are victims of, violence.

Neither is really happening. We have a year to get it right.

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