Sherele Moody, a journalist who founded the Red Heart Campaign, a platform for domestic violence sufferers, has created a map that pinpoints more than 1,020 women and children murdered in Australia.
It’s a heartbreaking and shocking look into the impact of violence.
Every red heart on the interactive map represents one or more lives lost to murder.
The perpetrators are both men and women.
Moody founded the Red Heart Campaign in September 2015 after reporting on Australia’s domestic violence epidemic.
Included on the map is Eurydice Dixon, 22, who was sexually assaulted and killed while walking home at night in Melbourne.
Another heart represents siblings Jennifer Edwards, 13, and Jack Edwards, 15 were shot dead by their estranged father John Edwards, who then killed himself in Sydney’s western suburbs earlier this month.
Another heart is Michelle Petersen, 48, and her children Bella, 15 and Rua, 8, murdered in their Perth home earlier this month. The crime scene was described as “horrific”.
17-year-old boy Gabriel Meyer is another heart on the map. He was suffocated and poisoned to death by Damon Frank Calanca near Innisfail, NSW because Meyer’s sister no longer wanted to be in a relationship with Calanca.
According to the map, 38 women have been murdered this year.
Some of the stories indicate the alleged perpetrators of these crimes have never been charged.
“I really wanted to create a interactive and searchable option, to highlight the impact of what these violent crimes look like,” Moody says.
She transferred information from her research to an Excel document, then built the interactive Google map.
It was a laborious task which took Moody three weeks — two weeks to build the document, then another week to load the photos.
She is still building the map, and estimates she has another 1,000 victims to add to the map from her current research.
It will be an ongoing project. The red heart was chosen as a symbol of strength, hope and survival.
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