If you have experienced image-based abuse, there are some steps you can take to have your images or video removed.
These include reporting the material to a social media service or website to have it taken down, making a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and, if it is safe, contacting the person who posted your image.
If the IBA is part of domestic violence or other abuse, staying safe is your number one priority. Learn more and connect with support.
Victims of image-based abuse often want to have the intimate images and videos taken down or removed immediately. This is a perfectly natural response. But it is important to preserve evidence before it disappears. You may need this evidence to take legal action and it can also assist when you make a report to a website or social media service.How to collect evidence
1. Report an image to the website or social media service it is posted on
Most major websites and social media services have policies that prohibit the posting or sharing of intimate images without consent. They also provide specific pathways for reporting and requesting removal.
Below you will find a list of popular sites that have reporting mechanisms for image-based abuse. You can also learn how to block your images from Search results in Google and Microsoft Bing, to make them harder to find.Report to popular sites
However, not all websites or social media services have clear removal policies. Below you will find advice about what courses of action you might take if your image is posted on one of these websites or services, including websites that promote image-based abuse (also known as ‘revenge porn’ sites).Report to unlisted sites
2. Report an image to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner
You can make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner if you are a resident of Australia and:
- you are worried about contacting a website or social media service yourself
- you need help to contact a service or website
- you have tried, but the image is still online
Our expert team are ready to work with you and find the best way to help.Report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner
3. Contact the person with your image
An initial course of action could be to ask the person who has shared your image to remove or delete the image, if you think they will be reasonable. You can let them know they do not have consent to share or post your image.
An example of the kind of message you could send is provided below.
However, if you fear for your safety, or are experiencing image-based abuse as part of an abusive relationship, it is best to try other options.Contacting someone who has your image
If image-based abuse is being used to threaten, blackmail or control you or someone else, seek support before you remove an image. This is known as sextortion and may have legal consequences.
We understand the urgency to get damaging content removed quickly. However, if you are in an abusive or volatile relationship, or the perpetrator is potentially violent, you may want to speak to a support service such as 1800RESPECT , police or a lawyer to ensure you have a safety plan in place before you request removal.
This is because the perpetrator may react violently once the image or video is removed or the account is deleted. This is particularly important when the person posting the abuse is also abusive to you or others offline.
You will find more options for support and counselling services in the support section of this website.