Content Warning: This project mentions violence against women and children.

This project also contains the names of some Indigenous women and children lost to male violence.


The Lost Petition is a powerful and profoundly moving multi-media exhibition, focused on the vital need to end violence against women and children.


Created by artist and activist Dans Bain, in collaboration with award winning researcher and journalist  Sherele Moody of the The RED HEART Campaign,  at the centre of this arresting exhibition is The Lost Petition Artwork – a

30-metre list of names lost to gendered violence since 2008, written on bedsheets.


The exhibition also features a peaceful reflective installation called The Living Room; photos and stories of women and children lost to violence and the voices of their families; a special red heart tribute to the 75 lives lost this

year; and interactive elements for visitors to engage with.


In displaying the Lost Petition at Her Place, we hope to strengthen the work of activists, families and survivors and stop more names from being added to this list. 


Exhibition visiting hours are: 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

11am – 3pm

Nov 4 – Dec 11, 2022

On Dec 11 – We warmly invite you to a free public forum


to end violence against women and children 

Find Out More here :


Dans Bain
The Lost Petition, 2022
Parliament House, Canberra
​Photo credit: Ian Cutmore

Artist Statement – Dans Bain :

In Australia on average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

We need to see all levels of government improve policies, education and introduce initiatives in an effort to prevent violence against women and children.

The Lost Petition commences in the year 2008, the same year that the ‘Great Petition’ by Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee was created and pays homage to the ‘Women’s Suffrage Petition’ from 1891.

It currently lists 1023* women and children who have lost their lives to male violence from 2008 until present day, however the list is growing as this project is ongoing. The Lost Petition also recognises women and children lost to violence by an unknown perpetrator.

These women and children can no longer vote, they have unjustly lost their right for representation and to have their voices heard by our Government.

Their right to suffrage, that was fought for and won by brave women, did not protect them from male violence.

In recent news we have heard the announcement of a National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022 to 2032, on behalf of these stolen
lives I request a call for immediate action from the Federal Parliament of Australia and State governments to address the issue of violence against women and children.

I call on the Australian people to not be bystanders in this crisis, learn the red flags, speak up.

*the total on the list is current as of 31/10/22

The Lost Petition
Parliament House
Canberra, 2022
Photo credit: Ian Cutmore

If you need support, please call:

● 1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732
● Women’s Crisis Line: 1800 811 811
● Wire: 1300 134 130
● Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
● Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
● Mensline: 1300 789 978
● Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 13 11 14


If you wish to assist this project and other Her Place projects that give visibility and voice to those who most need it, every small contribution is appreciated: