If an intimate, nude or sexual image of you has been shared without your consent, you may be experiencing significant feelings of anger, anxiety and hurt. Research shows you’re not alone. Unsurprisingly, most Australians who’ve been through image-based abuse experience high levels of distress.
If you are experiencing image-based abuse as part of domestic violence or an abusive relationship, staying safe is your number one priority.
If you are a victim of image-based abuse, it’s important to remember that it is not your fault. Even if you gave prior consent for someone to have or take an intimate image of you, this does not mean that you are in any way responsible for the abuse you have experienced. The blame for image-based abuse should fall squarely on the perpetrators.
With advice, contacts for specialist counsellors and conversation starters to help you talk with friends and family about your experiences, we hope you’ll find some simple support in the following, and take positive steps towards healing.
There are downloadable guides for people of non-English speaking backgrounds, for the Indigenous community, for same sex attracted/gender diverse people, for teenagers and young adults, for friends and family, for bystanders, and for perpetrators wanting to make amends for having shared intimate images.Go to Quick Guides