Intimate Image Abuse
Sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without consent is a crime.
Intimate image abuse, sometimes called ‘revenge porn’ or ‘the non-consensual sharing of intimate images’, is the sharing of intimate images without a person’s consent. If you think you may have been a victim of intimate image abuse, the Police and support services are there to help you.
Intimate images can be pictures or videos of you doing something normally done in private. You may have agreed to the pictures being taken, but you didn’t agree to them being shared with others.
Intimate images can be shared in a number of ways, for example by text, social media or showing a physical or digital copy to another person.
An intimate image could show:
- you taking part in a sexual act
- your genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed in a private place (for example, at home)
- you wearing only your underwear in a private place (for example, at home)