Image-based abuse

What is image-based abuse?

Image-based abuse (IBA) occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (e.g. Photoshopped) and drawn pictures and videos.

While most image-based abuse is about the sharing of images without consent, it can also include the threat of an image being shared.

Image-based abuse is also commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’, ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’, or ‘intimate image abuse’. ‘Revenge porn’ is the term most commonly used in the media, but in many cases IBA is not about ‘revenge’, nor is it restricted to ‘porn’. IBA can occur for a range of motives and can include many kinds of images and video.

If you have been a target of IBA, the most important thing to remember is that it is not your fault and you are not alone.

What to do about it?

Visit the Office's Image-based abuse portal.

The image-based abuse portal has been created to support all Australians who have experienced image-based abuse, by providing reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders.

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