Supported by Crime Stoppers programs right across Australia, National Missing Persons Week is an annual event held during the first week of August to help people better understand the significant issues associated with missing persons and help to reduce the number of missing people in Australia.
Originally starting in 1988, this year’s event will run from the 5-11 August.
To acknowledge and celebrate event’s 30-year milestone, a digital campaign has been developed to engage those who may have never thought about a missing person or believe the impact of a missing person will never affect them.
A short film has been developed, displaying the effects of a missing loved one on family left behind and provides insight into the emotional struggle, the not knowing and the waiting for answers that families experience when a loved one is missing.
The week also sees the launch of a ‘30 for 30’ campaign, focusing on 30 missing persons for 30 years of the event. Highlighted cases will touch on the different reasons why people go missing, as well as the impact on families and friends let behind.
For South Australia, three missing persons are profile as part of this year’s campaign:
How can you help?
Please do you bit to like and share content and keep an eye out around your city and on social media. Take a moment to look at the faces of our long-term missing; keeping the families of those missing in your thoughts.
It is important to keep awareness of missing persons within our community front of mind, and remember that if you have information that may assist police please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at crimestopperssa.com.au
You can remain anonymous.