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Missing persons reports,  research & multimedia

Current FFMPU research projects

Part of the role of FFMPU is to support and conduct research into missing persons' issues. FFMPU staff are currently conducting two research projects:

The needs of children and young people  

FFMPU Coordinator Liz Davies has commenced PhD research on "Identifying and responding to the psychosocial support needs of children and young people when a loved one is missing." Liz is undertaking this study with two supervisors from ACU. The research objectives are to:
  1. Identify and understand the psychosocial impact of ‘missing’ on children and young people;
  2. Explore the coping strategies they employ, collaborate with them to develop a range of resources to meet their needs; and
  3. Better inform and engage the community about missing persons issues as they relate to children and young people.

You can contact Liz about this research at:
Email: liz.davies@justice.nsw.gov.au

The coronial process

FFMPU Counsellor and PhD candidate with Charles Sturt University, Stephanie Dartnall, is researching the coronial investigation of missing persons’ cases. The objectives of the proposed research are to:

  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of coronial practices in missing persons’ investigations; and
  2. Investigate the experiences of families and friends of missing persons of the coronial process.

 It is hoped that the outcomes of the research will allow us to consider how we can better inform and support families through the coronial process.

Information sheet and consent form for families

Stephanie is currently interviewing families and friends of missing people about their experience of the coronial process in NSW. An information sheet and consent form provide further information. Please read these and contact Stephanie with any questions about the research or if you think you might be interested in being interviewed.

You can contact Stephanie about this research at:
Email: stephanie.dartnall@justice.nsw.gov.au 

Missing persons reports and research in Australia

Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit. (2012). When Someone is Missing: A Strategy to Support those Left Behind, FFMPU, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice: Sydney.

Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit. (2005). Report on the Roundtable Meeting for Siblings of Missing People, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice: Sydney.

Jacques, L. (2002). To study of the international social policy response and provision of services for the families and friends and significant others of people who are missing, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia.

Henderson, M, Henderson P & Kiernan, C. (2000). Missing persons: incidence, issues and impacts, Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 144, Australian Institute of Criminology: Canberra.

Henderson, M., & Henderson, P. (1998). Missing people : Issues for the Australian community. Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence: Canberra

Hunter Institute of Mental Health (2001)  It's the hope that hurts - Best practice in counselling models relevant to families and friends of missing persons​, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice: Sydney.

James, M., Anderson, J., & Putt, J. (2008). Missing persons in Australia, Trends and Issues In Criminal Justice,No. 353, Australian Institute of Criminology: Canberra.

Lorang, C. (2002).  Support needs of family and friends of long-term missing persons: Towards effective assistance for those who grieve, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice: Sydney.

Robertson, B., & Demosthenous, C.M., (2004).   Young Aboriginal females reported missing to police: "Which way for prevention and service", NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice: Sydney.

Wayland, S (2005).  To study the international approach to counselling for unresolved loss relating to families of missing persons, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia.

Multimedia

Missing: A DVD about Missing Persons is an educational DVD aimed at raising awareness of missing person issues in Aboriginal communities. Please contact FFMPU to order this DVD.

FFMPU Facebook page

A review of the Families and Friends of Missing Persons (FFMPU) Facebook page was conducted in October 2014, 12 months after the page was launched. The purpose of the review was to:

  • evaluate the Facebook page in line with initial objectives;
  • increase understanding of current users activity and needs;
  • explore the potential of social medium to respond to the needs of families and friends, service providers and the community; and
  • explore whether there was a consistent standard of service between government jurisdictions in the use of social media.

FFMPU Facebook evaluation​ (PDF, 590Kb)
34pp report

Useful research links

National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) research webpage

The Centre for the Study of Missing Persons Research Hub (UK) provides access to a number of key missing persons’ publications.