Luke Batty should have been celebrating his 15th birthday this week.
Luke was just 11 when he was killed by his own father, who beat him to death with a cricket bat.
Since his death, Luke’s mother, Rosie Batty, has dedicated her life to a campaign against domestic violence in the hope that no other family has to go through what she has. This week she paid tribute to her son in a touching Facebook post via the Luke Batty Foundation page.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful Luke,” she wrote. “We all miss you so much. I am celebrating you today. There’s an entire community campaigning for change in your memory. We’ve achieved a lot since we started Never Alone two years ago to this day. I know you’d be really proud of us.
The Luke Batty Foundation aims to deepen the understanding of family and domestic violence, among all Australians, in order to make system changes.
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