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It's 'family terrorism': Batty tells VHA event

Posted 06 October 2016

If we started to call violence against women and children 'family terrorism' more people might take notice, former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty told the VHA Annual Conference Inspiring Health Leadership today.

“Disrespect of women is the core of family violence,” said Ms Batty, whose son Luke was murdered by his father in 2014.

“Not all disrespect ends in violence but all violence begins with disrespect.”

The health sector already has a crucial role in supporting victims of family violence. It is set to have an even more vital role in the solution, said Ms Batty, who is chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, part of the Victorian Government’s $572 million response to fight family violence.

VHA CEO Tom Symondson said Ms Batty had a provided a vital and respected voice for those in need.

“The theme of the 2016 Annual Conference is Inspiring Health Leadership, and no one exemplifies inspiration more than Rosie Batty,” Mr Symondson said today.

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