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What is technology-facilitated abuse?

Learn how to recognise different kinds of online abuse and stay safe.

Technology-facilitated abuse can take many forms, such as:

  • abusive messages or calls
  • account take overs — where someone accesses your online accounts and locks you out of them
  • image-based abuse — when someone shares or threatens to share an intimate image of you without your consent
  • fake social media accounts — when fake accounts are being used to harass you or post negative comments about you online
  • being tracked through a phone or device — when tracking techniques or spyware are used to see where you are

If you are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse as part of domestic or family violence, it can be very distressing. 

In this section you can learn more about different types of technology-facilitated abuse and how to deal with them.

If you are unsure if you are at risk of technology-facilitated abuse, read ‘what are the warning signs?’.

Stay safe

If you are feeling unsafe right now, call the police on Triple Zero (000) or contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). Remember your safety is important. If an abusive person learns that you are seeking resources and information, their abusive behaviour may get worse. Learn more and connect with support.