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In this episode professor Karen Shalev-Greene talks about the misconceptions about what it means when a person goes missing, and how you should respond and report this.

  • 21 September 2022
  • 17 min read

Every year in the UK alone, 155,000 people go missing. Why do they go missing and how can we protect our vulnerable loved ones better?


There are many misconceptions about what it means when a person goes missing, and how you should respond and report this. But one research group from the University of Portsmouth is working to reshape public knowledge and support the services that all play a part in looking after missing persons and their families.


Professor Karen Shalev-Greene works in the School of Criminology and Justice and leads the Missing Persons Research Group. She’s had an interest in the field since childhood, when her own father would sometimes go missing following post-war trauma. 


Karen is passionate about raising the profile of this international problem. She talks to Life Solved about the reasons people go missing, the scale of the problem, and what the public and families should know in order to protect vulnerable people around them.


She’s also just launched a podcast called Missing Persons Uncovered, which explores the issues in greater detail as she and her colleague Caroline Humer join forces with experts and practitioners working in the field.


You can find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/research-projects

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