Who is she?
Rosie’s articulate and resolute response to the tragic event immediately made her an advocate for family violence and she went on to become Australian of the Year in 2015.
Her strident campaigning for greater protections for women and children impacted by family violence led to the Victorian Government’s establishment of a Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Why should we thank her?
Rosie spoke for all victims of family violence and put the cause firmly on the national agenda – “…family violence happens to everybody. No matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are. It can happen to anyone, and everyone.”
Her unwavering commitment to the issue as a national emergency has led to unprecedented government and public support for family violence prevention. The way family violence is reported in the media has changed dramatically in recent years, and Rosie’s voice has been a major factor.
“(Family violence) is an entrenched epidemic that we’ve lived with since time began, so we’ve got a long way to go. But I do believe the tide is turned. It’s no longer a subject that only occurs behind closed doors.”