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Title: 'No one is truly there to help': why so little is known about the reasons people go missing
Contributor(s): Wayland, Sarah  (author)orcid ; Ferguson, Lorna (author)
Publication Date: 2020-08-07
Open Access: Yes
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As part of new research into missing persons in Australia, I have been asking people who return after disappearing what they needed or wanted. Mary, who has gone missing four times in the last few years, responded

I just wanted someone to ask if I was OK when I came back.

Voices like Mary's are not often heard, nor are their problems understood, when we talk about the mystery and intrigue of missing persons cases.

Every hour in Australia, 100 police reports are generated about the safety and well-being of a missing person. In the past decade, the rate of reports has increased by 30%, from 30,000 per year to almost 40,000 in 2019.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Conversation
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2201-5639
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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