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Resource Basket for Families, Victims & Survivors

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In this basket, you will find resources to help when a loved one goes missing. Resources cover searching for a loved one, engaging with law enforcement, obtaining legal and financial assistance, and finding emotional and community support.

At any point during the search, national hotlines can offer emotional support and guidance over the phone and via chat services. Most hotlines are confidential and anonymous.

National Resources

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs): 833-872-5176

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY: 800-787-3224

StrongHearts Native Helpline (for domestic, dating and sexual violence): 844-7NATIVE (762-8483)

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888; TTY: 711; Text HELP or INFO to 233733

National Parent Helpline: 855-4A-PARENT (855-427-2736)

BIA Missing and Murdered Unit: 833-560-2065; Text BIAMMU and your tip to 847411

Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474; TTY: 866-331-8453; Text LOVEIS to 22522

VictimConnect Hotline: 855-4-VICTIM (484-2846)


When a loved one goes missing, time is critical. Do not delay in contacting local or Tribal police to file a report when a family member or friend, regardless of their age, goes missing. This is especially important when there are any health issues, disabilities, impairments or medication requirements.