Rosie says prevention is everybody's business

A STRONG VOICE: Rosie Batty. Picture: Nicole Ferrie

A STRONG VOICE: Rosie Batty. Picture: Nicole Ferrie

Key to delivering that message and helping others understand will be Rosie Batty.

WE are fortunate in central Victoria to have many organisations working to prevent violence against women and children. 

Many of those are leaders in their field and recognised nationally and internationally, so it's only fitting our city hosts a conference that brings together some of the country's leading violence prevention experts.

The issue of violence against women and children has been declared an epidemic by the sector, and it's hoped Women's Health Loddon Mallee's "It's Everybody's Business'' conference will attract people from across the region and further afield to help improve their understanding of violence and prevention.

Key to delivering that message and helping others understand will be Rosie Batty.

As Rosie says today, many women cannot speak out because it is not safe to do so, but as a community we need to break down myths about violence and talk about how we make them safe.

Rosie is deeply sad it took an unimaginable trauma for her to be given that voice – and wants her son’s death to be the catalyst for change.

It's time we start listening to the voices who have a deep and real understanding of this issue.

Nicole Ferrie, deputy editor

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