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COVID-19 Alert

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) it may take longer than usual to address all reports or enquiries made with our investigation teams.

Please continue to submit reports and we will review them as soon as possible.

If you are worried about your safety or are at risk of harm right now contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).

If you need someone to talk to and are under 25, contact Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).
For all other ages, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Support for image-based abuse

It is a good idea to talk to someone and get help and support if you are experiencing image-based abuse.

It can be extremely upsetting if someone has shared an intimate image of you without your consent. Reach out to a friend or family member and let them know what is happening and how it makes you feel.

We have detailed advice on the support options available for image-based abuse, including counselling and legal assistance.

You can also read personal stories from people who have experienced image-based abuse.

Get help and support

Kids Helpline

5 to 25 year olds. All issues. Confidential phone counselling available all day, every day. Online chat available 8am to 12am EST daily.


All ages. All issues. Phone counselling available all day, every day. Online chat available 7pm to 4am AEST daily.

Support services

Can the police help?

If the image-based abuse is part of domestic or family violence and you feel unsafe, contact police immediately. Call Triple Zero (000) now.

Find out more about how police can help and what to expect when you report image-based abuse to police.

Advice on dealing with image-based abuse
Image-based abuse
Understand what image-based abuse is and get tips and advice on how you can take action and get support.
Help in languages other than English
Get advice and support that is translated into languages other than English, such as Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.
How to deal with sextortion
Sextortion is when someone threatens to share an intimate image of you without your consent unless you give into their demands.
Domestic and family violence
Get help and support if the image-based abuse is part of domestic and family violence.
The eSafety Guide
Use the eSafety Guide to quickly find reporting links and access online safety advice for individual social media services or platforms.
Advice for young people
Being pressured to send nudes
Advice and tips on what to do if someone is pressuring you to send them nudes.
My nudes have been shared
What do to if your nudes have been shared without your consent.
Receiving unwanted nudes
Is someone sending you unwanted nudes? Here are some tips on what you can do.
Someone is threatening to share my nudes
Advice and tips on what to do if someone is threatening to share your nudes.
Advice for parents
Sending nudes and sexting
Advice on what to do if your child has sent or received an intimate image, or if an intimate image of them has been shared without their consent.
The hard to have conversations
How to talk with your child about tricky personal subjects.