The eSafety commissioner can help if you are experiencing image abuse. The eSafety Commissioner 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.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner website provides support and resources on image-based abuse including:
You can also report image-based abuse to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. They can provide assistance and support in relation to:
Getting the image removed from social media or an app
Getting the image removed from a website
Helping in situations where an intimate image has been shared by email or text without your permission
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 through 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.