The eSafety commissioner can help if you are experiencing image abuse. The eSafety Commissioner is can impose civil penalties like fines and formal warnings on a perpetrator of image abuse. You can make a complaint or file an objection notice through the eSafety Commissioner website. You can do this even if you don’t know who has posted the image. The eSafety Commissioner can then issue notices to online platforms and service providers to remove the images. For more information visit their website.
If you are a victim of image abuse, online stalking or online harassment you can apply for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO). This is not a criminal charge, but rather an order for future protection. An AVO sets out restrictions on the other person’s behaviour, so that you can feel safe. We can help students with the AVO process.
If someone publishes information or images of you online, the action may also amount to defamation (a harm to your reputation). Defamation law protects reputation and applies to online communications. The law allows a person harmed by defamation to seek compensation for the injury to their reputation.