On February 12, 2014, Luke Batty, then 11 years old, was murdered by his father while at cricket practice in Melbourne.
The very next day, his mother, Rosie Batty, began a public campaign to raise awareness of family violence. She has since become one of Australia’s most respected voices on domestic violence, working tirelessly to ensure no other family or mother has to endure what she and Luke had been through.
Yesterday, had his life not been tragically cut short, Luke would have celebrated his 15th birthday.
Posting on the Luke Batty Foundation's Facebook page, Rosie shared a heartfelt message for her son on his special day.
"Happy birthday to my beautiful Luke. We all miss you so much," Rosie wrote.
"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. From Mum."