The Red Heart Campaign Introduces Powerful Map Marking Acts Of Violence

The Red Heart Campaign has commemorated the lives of more than 1000 women and children lost to violence in an online interactive memorial called the Australian Femicide Map. 

The memorial displays a map of Australia where every red heart shows the victim’s story, their photograph, and the location of their death.

Femicide is used to describe the intentional murder of women by a current or former domestic partner.

The Red Heart Campaign was started by Australian journalist, Sherele Moody, after spending 12 months reporting domestic violence across the country. The campaign is a platform for survivors to share their stories, receive support, and a platform to encourage “ALL Australians to take action to end ALL violence and abuse against women and children, regardless of the perpetrator’s gender or relationship to the victim.” 

It was Moody who undertook the research, photo gathering, and writing for every victim remembered on the Australian Femicide Map.

Information was also supplied by Our Watch. 

The digital memorial reads:

We have chosen to give no start or end date for this ongoing collection of photographs and stories.

The memorial is the only one of its type in Australia and exists to honour and remember those who deserved to live long and happy lives but were never given the chance.

According to The Red Heart Campaign’s website, the symbol was chosen to represent “strength, hope and survival”. 

Through media sources and police media releases, the Red Heart campaign has also recorded every murder in the country since the 1 January, 2018 to July 17, 2018 to show the true extent of violence in Australia. According to their sources, 121 Australians have been killed – 69 men, 38 women, and 13 children and adolescents.

For more information about The Red Heart Campaign, click HERE.

If you would like to talk to a counsellor about sexual assault or domestic violence, please contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. You can also contact No to Violence on 1300 766 491.