Prevent men’s violence against women

Image-based abuse

What is image-based abuse?

Image-based abuse is when someone shares, or threatens to share, intimate photos without the consent of the person in the photo.

Image-based abuse includes photos or videos of:

  • A nude person
  • A person whose breasts or genitals are visible
  • A person engaged in a sex act
  • A person showering or bathing
  • ‘Upskirting’ and ‘downblousing’: taking photos up
    someone’s skirt or down their top
  • A person’s face digitally added to a pornographic or
    sexualised image.

It includes images that were taken with and without a person’s consent.

Language matters – Beyond ‘revenge porn’:

You may have heard this type of abuse described as ‘revenge porn’. This term does not adequately capture the nature and causes of this type of abuse. The term ‘revenge porn’:

  • Implies the perpetrator is a former partner that has been wronged – perpetrators have various motivations and may not even know the victim.
  • Implies that the victim has done something wrong and deserves revenge – no one deserves to experience this form of abuse.
  • Likens the images to legal, commercial pornography – these images are not necessarily used for sexual gratification but can be used to ridicule a person’s body type or objectify them.

What to do if you or someone you know is experiencing image-based abuse:

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can find help now.

You could also:

  • Report it to the eSafety office (if the victim is aged under 18 years).
  • Report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), who can investigate your report and may refer it to the Police (if the victim is aged over 18 years).
  • Report it to Police.
  • Contact the website administrator and ask them to remove the content.
  • If you feel safe and able to do so, you can ask the perpetrator to delete copies of the images.


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