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Dealing with online abuse

Many LGBTIQ+ people will experience online abuse at some point. Understanding how to protect ourselves and deal with it can help to reduce the impacts.

Facts and figures

LGBTIQ+ people experience online hate and abuse more often than the general population. 

*Find the full report on Online hate speech.


For more information about the online experiences of LGBTIQ+ Australians aged 18 to 65, download our fact sheet.

These online safety modules have been co-created with LGBTIQ+ organisations and are based on community engagement and academic research.

If your experience meets the legal definition of adult cyber abuse, and the online service fails to remove the content, you can report it to eSafety.

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All ages. Counselling and referral for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and/or intersex. Phone counselling and online chat available every day from 3pm to 12am.


All ages. All issues. Phone counselling and online chat available all day, every day.

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Advice for young people

Young LGBTIQ+ people can find more information about staying safe and dealing with abuse in online spaces in our advice on being out, transgender or gender diverse online.

Last updated: 28/01/2024