Get help to remove images and video
If you are experiencing image-based abuse or ‘revenge porn’, here are our top tips for removing intimate images and video.
There are two main ways to remove images and video:
- Report an image or video to eSafety
- Report an image to the website or social media service it is posted on
Is someone threatening to share an image of you?
If someone threatens to share an intimate image of you, report it to eSafety. If they ask for money, sexual favours or more intimate images, it is a form of blackmail known as sextortion.
Before taking steps to have images and video removed, it is important to collect evidence. You may need this evidence to report to eSafety or the police.
Report an image or video to eSafety
Our expert team are ready to work with you and find the best way to help.
You can report image-based abuse to eSafety if:
- you are the person in the intimate image or video, or
- you have been authorised by the person in the intimate image or video to make a report on their behalf, or
- you are a parent or guardian on behalf of a child who is under 16, or
- you are a parent or guardian on behalf of a person who is in a mental or physical condition that means they need assistance to manage their own affairs
Please be aware that we can only consider a report if:
- the person in the image lives in Australia, or
- the person who posted the image lives in Australia, or
- the intimate image is hosted in Australia
In response to a report, we can help to get the image removed. In some cases, we can also take action against the person responsible for the image-based abuse. For more information about how eSafety can respond to reports read about the civil penalties scheme.
Report an image to the website or social media service it is posted on
Most major websites and social media services have policies that ban the posting or sharing of intimate images without consent. They also have processes to report and request the removal of such content.
eSafety is here to help with the removal of intimate content. But if you prefer to report the content to the site yourself you can find direct reporting links for social media services and other platforms in the eSafety Guide.
The eSafety Guide includes advice about protecting your personal information. You can also learn how to stop intimate images of you from appearing in search results in Google and Microsoft Bing, to make them harder to find.
Report to social media service or website
If the image-based abuse is part of domestic and family violence or other abuse, staying safe is your number one priority.
If you are feeling unsafe now, call the police on Triple Zero (000).
Your safety is important to us. If you are experiencing domestic or family violence, before taking steps to get the images removed, make sure you have a safety plan in place. Especially if the person responsible is also abusive offline.
If you do not already have a safety plan, contact 1800RESPECT for help with safety planning.
Safety planning is important to protect you in case the person responsible gets more abusive once the image or video is removed or the account is deleted.
You will find more options for support and counselling services in the support section of this website.