Betty Taylor

Domestic violence prevention campaigner

QLDNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Betty Taylor has worked to prevent family violence for almost 30 years. Betty was the founding manager of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Prevention Centre. Through this work Betty was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2002.

Betty drove the establishment of the Domestic Violence Death Review Board. She chaired the Ministerial Domestic and Family Violence Council for 2 terms and established Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. She has contributed to developing domestic violence responses, supporting survivors and raising public awareness – with initiatives such as the Candle Lighting Vigil and annual Red Rose Rallies.

In 2016, Betty became CEO of The Red Rose Foundation, where she has played a critical role in bringing non-lethal domestic violence strangulation onto the public agenda.

In 2020, Betty was recognised for her service to the community with the Queensland Greats Award.