The Batty Effect: Victim-Survivors and Domestic and Family Violence Policy Change
1Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
This study explores the influence of victim-survivors as change agents through the examination of the case of domestic and family violence advocate Rosie Batty. Utilising public policy and criminological theories, and drawing from interviews with Batty and policy actors, we examine the “Batty effect” and the convergence of factors that helped drive significant social and policy reforms in Australia. The study considers how Batty reflects characteristics of the policy entrepreneur and ideal victim, and how the socio-political context at the time provided the conditions for change. We also explore the implications for victim-survivor led policy change.
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