Image-based abuse

Image-based abuse occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (e.g. Photoshopped) and drawn pictures and videos.

Sharing can occur via social media, posting images on websites or by sharing over SMS/MMS.

While you may have consented to an image or picture being taken or even shared with one person, this does not mean you have consented to them sharing it more widely. Depending on which state you live in, there are various laws that can apply to help you if you have been the target of image-based abuse.

If you have been the target of image-based abuse or suspect that you have been – the eSafety Commissioner’s portal on image-based abuse has information about what you can do and where you can find support.