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Image-based abuse

We support all Australians who have experienced image-based abuse

By providing help to remove images and videos, access to counselling and support and legal assistance.  

What is image-based abuse?

Image-based abuse (IBA) happens when an intimate image or video is shared without the consent of the person pictured.

This includes images or videos that have been digitally altered (using Photoshop or specialised software).

An intimate image is one that shows

  • a person’s genital area or anal area (whether bare or covered by underwear)
  • a person’s breasts (if the person identifies as female, transgender or intersex)
  • private activity (for example a person undressing, using the bathroom, showering, bathing or engaged in sexual activity)
  • a person without attire of religious or cultural significance if they would normally wear such attire in public

 

Image-based abuse also includes the threat of an intimate image being shared.

 

Image-based abuse is sometimes called other things like ‘revenge porn’, ‘intimate image abuse’ or ‘image-based sexual abuse’. ‘Revenge porn’ is the term usually used in the media. But in many cases image-based abuse is not about ‘revenge’ or ‘porn’. Image-based abuse can happen for many reasons and can include many kinds of images and video.

If you have experienced image-based abuse, the most important things to remember are that it is not your fault and you are not alone.

FAQ

Civil penalties scheme

There is now a civil penalties scheme to address image-based abuse.

If you report image-based abuse to us, we can help to get the material removed as quickly as possible. Sometimes we can also take action against the person who posted, or threatened to post, an intimate image without consent. Learn more about the civil penalties scheme.

 

11% of adult Australians have experienced image-based abuse

 

If you have experienced image-based abuse, you are not alone. 11% of Australians aged 18 and over have experienced image-based abuse. Women aged 18 to 24 are more likely to be targets. IBA affects people regardless of their age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, education or bank balance. Read more eSafety Research