A new research project has been commissioned
to give police and policy workers a better understanding as to why
people go missing in Australia.
The project is the initiative of the
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the New South Wales
Attorney-General's Department and will be launched today in Canberra
to mark National Missing Persons Week.
A counsellor at the NSW Family and Friends of
Missing Persons Unit, Sarah Wayland, says the research will provide
valuable information to tackle what is still a huge problem in
"At the moment the statistics suggest that
there's about 30,000 people reported missing to police stations
around Australia every single year," he said.
"In New South Wales, this year there is about
10,000 people that will be reported missing."
Ms Wayland says there has only been one other
project of its kind in Australia
"The last research that was conducted was
approximately eight years ago, so this new research will look into
not only the phenomena of missing persons today, but what we can do
for the future to provide some guidance to ensure that people
perhaps don't continue to go missing," she said.
Source: ABC News Online:
Monday, July 31, 2006.