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How to collect evidence

People who have experienced image-based abuse often want the images and videos removed immediately. But it is important to preserve evidence first. 

If you have experienced image-based abuse, you can report it to us, or you may wish to report it to police or take legal action. To do so, it is helpful to collect evidence before the content is removed. Evidence can help you show eSafety, the police and the courts exactly what happened.

Evidence can also be useful if you plan to report the image-based abuse to the site or social media service it was posted on or used to threaten you. Showing evidence of the image-based abuse can help to have the person who shared the image or video blocked from that service. It may also help prevent your image from being shared again in the future.

How do I collect evidence?

You can save evidence of any photos or videos that have been posted online by taking screenshots or photos of the content. You should also save or record evidence of the webpage addresses (URLs) or social media services (including account or profile usernames) where the photos or videos have been shared.

Always record the time and date you collected the evidence.

If possible, also record the time and dates the content was shared, including any other information that you think may be important. This might include the username/s of the person or people who shared the material.

Taking a screenshot

Screenshots are a quick and effective way of preserving evidence. They may also have the added advantage of recording other details such as usernames and dates, but it is important to also take detailed records to accompany screenshots.

Taking a screenshot on an Apple device

Taking a screenshot on a Mac

Taking a screenshot on a PC

Taking a screenshot on an android

Should I talk to a lawyer?

If you think you may want to pursue legal action, it is important to speak with a lawyer, legal service or police about what’s happening and what evidence you will need to help resolve your case. Advice on finding a lawyer.

What if the people in the images are under 18?

You can make an image-based abuse report no matter what your age. However, 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 unlawful. For more information about relevant laws in Australia, visit Youth Law Australia.

If you encounter child sexual abuse material online, please report it to eSafety via our online reporting form. Reports can be made anonymously.