Rosie's son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked the nation. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot dead by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence and had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. Through this tragedy Rosie became an outspoken crusader against domestic violence and was named Australian of the Year in January 2015. Since then, Rosie has made the most of her position of influence, campaigning and advocating for necessary systemic and attitudinal change to address the family violence epidemic. Rosie received an honorary doctorate in 2017 from the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to raising national awareness and action concerning family violence and received an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.