We are here to support all Australians who have experienced image-based abuse, by providing reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders.

What is image-based abuse?

Image-based abuse (IBA) 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.

While most image-based abuse is about the sharing of images without consent, it can also include the threat of an image being shared.

Image-based abuse is also commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’, ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’, or ‘intimate image abuse’. ‘Revenge porn’ is the term most commonly used in the media, but in many cases IBA is not about ‘revenge’, nor is it restricted to ‘porn’. IBA can occur for a range of motives and can include many kinds of images and video.

If you have been a target of IBA, the most important thing to remember is that it is not your fault and you are not alone.

Frequently asked questions

Around 20% of Australians have experienced IBA.*

If you have experienced image-based abuse, you are not alone. 1 in 5 Australians aged 16–49 have experienced image-based abuse. Although women aged 18-24 are more likely to be targets^, IBA impacts people regardless of their age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, education or bank balance.

*Henry, Nicola & Powell, Anastasia & Flynn, Asher & Gendered Violence and Abuse Research Alliance & RMIT University. Centre for Global Research et al. (2017). Not just 'revenge pornography': Australians' experiences of image-based abuse: a summary report. RMIT University, Melbourne. ^eSafety Office Research

Emily

Emily’s story

Emily was a 17 year old student when she shared three nude photos with a boy she knew through a friend. At her school, girls had been pressured by guys to send naked pictures for years. It was a common practice and it didn’t seem like a big deal.

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