If serious cyberbullying has been directed towards an Australian child, it can be reported to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
Australians under the age of 18 are encouraged to use the Office’s CyberReport function to report the misuse of intimate images and to provide information relating to the age of the person involved.
A lawyer or legal service can help by discussing legal options with you, including how to apply for a protection order. They can also speak to the police with you, if you need.
Women’s legal services in each Australian State and Territory provide free and confidential legal advice to women. Some States and Territories also have specialised legal services for women experiencing domestic violence. For a list of these legal services, go to 1800RESPECT‘s website to see the services and support map which lists the legal services in each Australian State and Territory.
The Family Violence Law Help website provides a comprehensive overview of the legal framework across Australia, as well as advice and links to resources. The content is available in 23 community languages.
Remember to use a safe phone, like a public phone or a friend’s mobile, when contacting services for help. Don’t use your own mobile or home phone in case someone is tracking you or can overhear you. Take the same precautions with computers and tablets—use a computer at a public library or a friend’s computer or tablet.
You may need legal protection if technology is being used to abuse, control or frighten you. You, or the police on your behalf, can apply for a protection order preventing the abuser from doing things that can include approaching you, contacting you, or monitoring where you go and what you do. Contact your local police to discuss a violence or protection order. A lawyer or legal service can also help you apply for a protection order if you need one.
Remember that it is a crime to breach a protection order. Once you have a protection order in place, you should let the police know immediately if you think it is being breached. Make sure you keep a record of any incidents you think are breaches as this may help if evidence is required later.
Protection orders are known by different names in Australian States and Territories:
|Australian Capital Territory||Domestic Violence Orders|
|New South Wales||Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders|
|Northern Territory||Domestic Violence Orders|
|Queensland||Domestic Violence Protection Orders|
|South Australia||Intervention Orders|
|Tasmania||Family Violence Orders|
|Victoria||Family Violence Intervention Orders|
|Western Australia||Violence Restraining Orders|