There are many wonderful organisations out there offering help and support to families and victims and I would like to acknowledge their assistance and refer you to their web pages, in no particular order (but official Police and government sites are at the top of the page) -
http://www.missingpersons.gov.au/home/ - National Missing Persons Co-ordination Centre (Australian Federal Police)
To contact them - e mail -firstname.lastname@example.org or phone toll free - 1800 000 634.
National Missing Persons Coordination Centre
PO Box 401
Canberra City ACT 2601
Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit - offers counselling and support to those left behind.
You can also find various FFMPU publications, reports, tracing and support service information and back issues of FFMPU Newsletters on the FFMPU
FFMPU is located in Parramatta. They are located in the Parramatta Justice Precinct (PJP).
Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit
Victims Services, Attorney General's Department of NSW
Level 1, 160 Marsden Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Locked Bag 5118, Parramatta NSW 2124
Phone: (02) 8688 8173
Freecall: 1800 227 772 Fax: (02) 8688 9632
Liz Davies, Coordinator FFMPU on (02) 8688 8186 or e-mail
Crimestoppers - 1800 333 000
To report any sighting of any missing person, or information you may have (or to report any crime). Going missing is NOT a crime but Crimestoppers will pass on your information to Police who are handling each missing persons case. You can call 24 hours a day and you CAN remain anonymous.
- NSW Police Missing Persons
NSW Police Missing Persons Unit
1 Charles Street
Phone: (02) 8835 7656 or
Toll Free 1 800 025 091
Fax: (02) 8835 7665
- NSW Missing Persons Search System
- QLD Police Missing Persons Bureau - telephone 07 3364 6213 (within Australia)
Victoria Police Missing Persons Desk - phone 1800 808 606
Homicide Squad - (03) 9865 2770
Western Australian Missing Persons
WA Police MPU
Tel: (08) 9223 3666
South Australian Missing Persons
Adelaide Missing Persons Investigation Section phone - (08) 8463 7867
Tasmania Police Missing Persons Unit - Phone (03) 6230 2606 (no website)
The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service
Salvo Care Line:24-hour telephone counselling service run by the Salvation Army.
Tel:(02) 9331 6000 (Sydney Metro) or 1300 36 36 22 (Outside Sydney).
Salvation Army Family Tracing Service
PO Box A435
South Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: ((02) 9211 0277
Fax: (02) 9211 2044
http://www.redcross.org.au/ - The Australian Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross Tracing Agency
159 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone:(02) 9229 4111
Fax: (02) 9229 4244
http://www.ifys.com.au/ - Integrated Family and Youth Services
The Integrated Family and Youth Service (IFYS) provides a range of specialist support and intervention programs for children, young people and families. Working closely with other non-government and government agencies, the organisation operates from numerous locations throughout Queensland ranging from Gold Coast through to Cairns in the far north of the State and provides accommodation, support and counselling services.
Lifeline:24-hour telephone support, counselling and referral information. Tel: 13 11 14
Northern Territory Services -
Open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm
5 Nemarluk Drive, Ludmilla
Darwin and Palmerston services
PO Box 36506
Winnellie NT 0821
Anglicare NT Reconnect Services
Darwin - PH (08) 89850000 Fax: 08) 8985 0001
Palmerston - PH (08) 89327850 Fax: (08) 89323301
Nhulunbuy- PH (08) 89873022 Fax: (08) 89973011
Waltja Reconnect central offices:
Alice Springs 8953 4488
Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc was formed in 1993 to provide support, counselling and information for families and friends affected by homicide in NSW.
Phone : 02 8274 8900 or 1800 191 777
E Mail -
VHVSG offers immediate Support, Assistance & Advocacy to Families & Friends of Homicide Victims. VHVSG strives to help survivors with a program designed to cope with the grief & trauma; to help seek justice for their loved ones & to help survivors rebuild their lives.
http://www.cvsa.asn.au/ - Crime Victims Support Association Incorporated.
http://www.observationdeck.org/noel/ Crime Victims' Advocate Noel McNamara, victim assistance
http://www.notalone.com.au/ - Not Alone is a web based community for parents, family and friends of victims of suspected homicide. Not Alone was conceived due to the disappearance and suspected homicide of Sarah MacDiarmid (which is still unresolved), on Wednesday 11th July 1990, from Kananook railway station near Frankston, Victoria.
Find Andrew Thompson - http://www.findandrew.com/
Also includes excellent information and resources for parents of parentally abducted children.
Fantastic resource both for information about what to do in the event of a parental abduction and an agency that may be able to recover your parentally abducted child. One of the very few agencies I will personally vouch for.
Parental Child Abduction section of The Hague Convention - what happens if your child is taken overseas.
http://www.foreversearching.com - Searching for Missing and Exploited Children worldwide.
ID FOR ME
ID For Me is an Australian company selling temporary tattoos for children to wear that have been printed with a parent's contact phone number, so in the event of the child becoming lost they can be reunited with their carers very quickly. The tattoos will not rub off or come off with water so are very durable and much more reliable than any other method you may have used in the past.
Developed by parents with Policing experience!
Lifeline (24 hours): 13 11 14
Kids Helpline (under 18 years): 1800 55 1800
Just Ask (rural mental health): 1300 13 11 14
Mensline Australia (24 hours): 1300 78 99 78
SANE Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
http://www.khaosanroad.com/ - Excellent website for travel information to Bangkok, Thailand. Includes comprehensive section on tourists missing in Thailand - http://www.khaosanroad.com/missingpersons.htm
I have included this site as several travellers were en route to Australia when reported missing so they may possibly be in Australia.
Australian Government website that has information about travel worldwide and also provides the facility to register your travel plans with them in case something happens and you go missing, it makes it easier to find you.
http://www.globalsafehaven.org/ - Global Safe Haven Network ("GSHN"), a project of the Alyson Ilene Kaplan Memorial Foundation, was created to offer education materials, support services and a worldwide protective network to young travelers, whether traveling domestically or abroad.
http://www.policensw.com/index.html - The Thin Blue Line, Unofficial NSW Police website
http://velvetprincess78.tripod.com/index.html - Velvet's Police Memorial Site, in honour of all Police that have been injured on and off the job, a very moving and comprehensive site.
Porchlight International for the Missing and Unidentified
and the Australian branch of Porchlight -
http://www.missingkids.com/ - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (USA)
Absolutely wonderful site providing comprehensive information and practical assistance to families and friends of Homicide Victims - everything from "what to do when the police leave" to Victim Impact Statements and what to do when the criminal's Parole hearing comes around. An American site but providing excellent advice for Australian victims also.
www.mako.org.au MAKO (Inc) - Australian sex offender registry. Victim assistance/referral.
http://www.julieg.f9.co.uk/julie1.htm - Julie's People Search. Great
site for missing and lost friends in the UK and also an adoptions register.
http://www.missing-you.net/ - Missing You, FREE instant on-line message-posting service designed to help enable you to locate missing persons, lost friends, relatives, workmates, forces pals, etc, that are thought to be anywhere in the UK.
http://www.bravehearts.org.au/ - Bravehearts, founded by Hetty Johnson, aims to 'Break the Silence', provide healing and support to victims of child sexual abuse, engender child sexual assault prevention and protection strategies; advocate for understanding and promote increased education and research.
http://www.protectakid.com/ - Information about empowering your children to prevent abduction, sexual abuse, drugs and crime by Australian criminologist Dale Jackson.
http://www.sane.org/ - Sane is an Australian, not for profit, mental health advocacy organisation. They're just starting a new research project to improve supports and services for family and friends of people with a mental illness who have committed suicide or have been missing for a long time. Please contact them if you'd like to know more.
Australian Missing Children - part of the Global Network partnered with NCMEC
http://www.beaumontchildren.com/ - Excellent, comprehensive and unbiased accounts of the Beaumont mystery
http://www.hugurkids.com/ - HUKO - Australian Resource for help and support regarding parentally abducted children
http://www.charleyproject.org/ - Profiles of over 6000 "cold case" missing people mainly from the United States, outstanding site.
http://www.doenetwork.org/ - International centre for unidentified and missing persons, based in the USA. Excellent resource for cold cases.
http://www.nampn.org/ - North American Missing Persons Network
Deep thanks must go to Kelly Jolkowski, mother of missing US teenager Jason, for her inspiration to me for this project. Please read Jason's story and "adopt" a missing person from this site.
http://www.jessiefoster.ca/ - Jessie Foster has been missing from Las Vegas, USA since 2006. Please help find her.
Dedicated to helping children. Steven was abducted himself as a child then managed to escape. He was tragically killed in an accident several years later.
www.natascha-kampusch.at - Natascha was abducted when she was 10 years old in Vienna, Austria and held by her captor for 8 years. She finally escaped in August 2006 and this is her website. Natascha's story has brought hope to many families of missing children that their own children may be still alive somewhere.
*Please note this website is in GERMAN. I will try and find out if there is an English translation available.
http://www.internationalrewardscentre.com/ - International site that hosts reward money for information leading to whereabouts of missing persons and also other cases.
This is an excellent link I found for support and info for families in Australia -
Whereabouts Unknown - http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/stories/s634908.htm
http://www.lostmedalsaustralia.com/ - Website owned by LtCol Glyn Llanwarne; free of charge he searches for and reunites lost medals to their rightful owners.
http://www.thejennymckennafoundation.com.au/ - I went to school with Jenny and her sister, please read Jenny's story.