The Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit (FFMPU) is unique in Australia. It is the only unit that provides counselling and support from trained professionals to families and friends of missing people. FFMPU is funded by the NSW government and is part of the Department of Justice.
Services provided by FFMPU include:
Free and confidential counselling, information and referrals for familes and friends affected by the loss of a missing person
Support groups for adults and young people in various locations
Events to help bring families together
Help understanding missing persons' issues, agencies and search options
Research into missing persons' issues
Clinical support and Information for service providers
Liaison with agencies across the missing persons' sector
More information about our services is available on the About Us page.
FFMPU does not search for people. We work collaboratively with search agencies to support those left behind. If you need assistance searching for someone, please contact one of the listed search agencies.
For additional information please Contact Us
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragedy in Martin Place.
Many people will have found the events which unfolded at Martin Place distressing and deeply traumatic. Trauma can affect people in a variety of ways after experiences such as these, and can cause issues such as feelings of fear and anxiety. It is important that these feelings are not ignored as additional support services are available to those who need it.
Distressing thoughts and feelings are not a sign of personal weakness, and they can grow to significantly impact on normal, everyday tasks. Recovery from traumatic events, such as the incident at Martin Place, can be helped by accessing formal and informal support networks, such as family, friends and support services such as Victims Services.
Victims Services can provide support for victims of the siege as they recover from this tragic incident. Victims Services encourages those affected by this incident to contact the Victims Access Line to speak to someone about receiving counselling support.
Victims Services can also assist victims in completing any documentation required to access these services, as well as providing assistance with other available support services such as information and referral options and financial assistance.
For assistance please contact the Victims Access Line on (02) 8688 5511 or 1800 633 063.
News & Events
- Visit FFMPU on Facebook
"Understanding Ambiguous Loss"
Friday 30 January at
Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Please talk to FFMPU
for further details.
- A new information sheet on Children and grief is now available.
- An updated Counselling and support service for families and friends of missing people brochure is now available.
- Missing people: A guide for family members and service providers was launched on 6 August 2014 by The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Attorney General and Minister for Justice.
The first group meeting for 2015
is on Friday 30 January
at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Check this space and the FFMPU facebook page, or contact FFMPU on firstname.lastname@example.org
1800 227 772