If you have not yet contacted law enforcement officials to assist in locating a missing adult, please do so immediately. For additional assistance, visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) website. NamUs is a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. This free online system can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials, and the general public to solve these cases. To enter a missing persons report into the NamUs database, visit the registration page.
Additionally, Ashanti Alerts provide for rapid dissemination of information about adults who have been reported missing along with suspect information in cases of suspected abduction. Learn more about these Alerts on the National Ashanti Alert Network section of the Bureau of Justice Assistance website.
The number of missing or unidentified persons is available in Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics, available on the National Crime Information Center section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation site.
See the following websites for additional information about efforts to locate missing and identify located individuals:
Data on family violence are available in the following Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports:
- Intimate Partner Violence publication series
- select tables in the Criminal Victimization publication series
- Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances
Visit the Family Violence Special Feature for additional information and resources.
Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. Visit the Statistics section of our Missing Children Special Feature for access to these resources.
For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.
College-specific crime statistics are available on the Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool website from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).
Additional data and information can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Security page. Also, Crime in the United States, an annual report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides university/college campus crime data that are reported by law enforcement agencies.
For additional information about campus crime and safety, visit the following sites:
For additional information, visit the Crime Victimization: Domestic and Family Violence and Crime Victimization: Homicide Survivors/Co-victims sections of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website.
The number of children abducted by individuals who are outside of their family is available in Nonfamily Abducted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website. Also see Child Victims of Stereotypical Kidnappings Known to Law Enforcement in 2011, an OJJDP bulletin.
Data on rapes that occur in the U.S. are available in the Criminal Victimization and Criminal Victimization in the United States series of reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The number of rapes reported to the police is available in the annual Crime in the United States report, which is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
If you are a victim of stalking, call your local police department's emergency number (911) to report any incidents.
If you feel you need protection, and you have not done so already, you should consider filing for a protective order, which you can request through civil proceedings. Additionally, if appropriate, you may be able to obtain a no-contact order through the criminal case involving the defendant who threatened you.
A "protective," "no-contact," or "stay-away" order is a legal protection that a court issues against the offender to restrict the offender’s contact and interactions with you. If the offender continues to harass or threaten you, this behavior may be punishable by law. Under the Federal Violence Against Women Act, jurisdictions must give full faith and credit to valid protective orders issued by other jurisdictions. Full faith and credit is a legal term that means jurisdictions must honor and enforce orders issued by courts in other jurisdictions. This can enable you to call on law enforcement officers and the courts to enforce orders of protection across state lines.
If your local police department employs a victim advocate, they may be able to help you develop a safety plan. You may also contact a local victim service provider. If you need help locating a victim service provider in your area, call the VictimConnect toll free helpline at 855–484–2846.
The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center also provides information and resources on the What to Do if You Are Being Stalked section of their site.