Report to the eSafety Commissioner

Being the victim of image-based abuse can be a very confronting experience — but remember that you are not alone, and we are here to provide you with support and assistance.

We will work with you and do our very best to help get the image or video removed. Any Australian victim of image-based abuse can make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Make a report

Once you have collected all relevant information and evidence about your case, as outlined below, please make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Start your report

Staying safe

  • Make sure that you are in a safe place.
  • If you are at risk of immediate harm call Triple Zero (000)
  • If you are experiencing image-based abuse as part of an abusive relationship, contact your local police or a social worker.

What happens if you report an image or video to us?

Our team will work with you to find the best way to assist you.

The team may:

  • help you gather the information needed to report the image or video directly to a website or social media service to have it removed yourself
  • approach a social media service or website on your behalf to request removal of an image or video
  • use specialised technology to identify other sites where the image or video might be posted
  • help you find support services, such as counselling or trauma support
  • provide resources to facilitate effective communication with lawyers or police.

If your image has already been removed and you want to take further action against the person who posted it, you may wish to get legal assistance or contact the police to discuss your options.

Who can make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner?

You can make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, if you:

  • ordinarily reside in Australia (you live in Australia more than anywhere else)
  • do not give consent for the image to be shared on the sites or services you are reporting
  • are reporting an image or video of yourself, or on behalf of the person in the image or video
  • the image or video is ‘intimate’.

An ‘intimate’ image or video is one that shows you:

  • engaged in sexual activity OR
  • in a manner or context that is sexual OR
  • where you are nude, including where showering or bathing OR
  • where your breasts or genitals are visible OR
  • where the image focuses on your genital, anal or breast region, including where they are covered in underwear, such as in ‘up-skirting’ and ‘down-blousing’.

The definition of ‘intimate’ image or video includes real pictures, pictures that are digitally altered (‘Photoshopped’ or similar), and drawn pictures and videos.

Do you need help to make a report?

While we encourage victims to report to us directly, if you need help to make a report you can:

  • enlist a friend or family member to sit with you while you complete the report form, or have them complete the form on your behalf
  • speak to a professional support or counselling service and ask them to work with you to complete the report form
  • download and complete the report form as a PDF if required for accessibility
  • contact us to explain your issue

What information do I need to make a report?

To file a report, you will need to provide some key information to our team. If you don’t have all this information, you can still make a report, we just might need to contact you for further information before we can take action.

It will be helpful if you can tell us:

  • The URL or web address of the content (remember, it can be difficult to copy a web address if you use an app to view content—you may need to switch to a web browser like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to copy the full web address).
  • The name of the website or social media service on which it was shared or posted.
  • Details of any police or legal involvement that may be relevant.
  • A way that we can communicate with you safely. While we respect your privacy, and will provide the option for you not to be contacted, having no contact details may make it hard for us to take action on your behalf. We often need to confirm facts and may, at times, need to speak with you to check or clarify something. If this is an issue for you, consider creating a new email address so you can communicate with us safely.
  • If you are making the report on someone’s behalf, you generally need their permission (parents and guardians can make reports on behalf of children in their care).
  • Any other information that may be relevant to your report, including names of any people involved and dates.

Preserving evidence

You may also wish to keep a copy or screenshot of the image and / or video and any other content for your own records, or in case you decide to go to the police or access legal support.

How to collect evidence

Victims who are under 18 years old

The guidance on this page is for collecting evidence of image-based abuse concerning adults. Possessing, creating or sharing sexualised images of people under 18 may be a crime. For more information about relevant laws in Australia, visit Lawstuff .

What happens after you make a report

  1. You will receive a report number to help track the report. If you provide an email address as part of your report and agree to us sending you a confirmation email, this email will also include the report number, as well as links to information and resources. Over the course of managing the report we will keep you informed about actions and outcomes.
  2. Once we receive your report we will assess whether the report meets the criteria above, whether we need any more information, and what actions we think are appropriate.
  3. We will contact you if we need any more information and you have indicated in your report that it is OK for us to contact you. You can also contact us at any time to update us or ask a question — just send an email to imagebasedabuse@esafety.gov.au and provide your report number.
  4. Your safety, and the safety of others, is our main concern. If we feel an action you requested is unsafe we will let you know. If we believe other actions may be helpful, we will explain and ask your permission first.
  5. Where we share information (such as a URL) with a third party, it will be at your request or with your permission. The exception may be where we are concerned for your safety, or the safety of others, or we are required to disclose information by law. More detail about the disclosure of information is in the image-based abuse collection notifications.

For more information on how we manage reports, read our Report Handling Policy .

Before submitting any information to us, please read our Privacy Policy and the image-based abuse Collection notification.

The Collection notification sets out the type of information we may collect, why we collect that information and how it may be used in managing your report.

Make a report

Once you have collected all relevant information and evidence about your case, please make a report to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Start your report

An accessible PDF version of the report form is available for download.

Download report form

It can be completed and emailed to the team at imagebasedabuse@esafety.gov.au.