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SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: These legal guides were originally created as part of the Recharge Project — a collaboration between Domestic Violence Resoure Centre, Women’s Legal Services NSW and WESNET — back in 2015. A very big thankyou to Women’s Legal Service NSW for updating the content again in 2019.

Technology-facilitated stalking and abuse is the use of technology (such as the internet, social media, mobile phones, computers, and surveillance devices) to stalk and perpetrate abuse on a person.

Such behaviour includes:

  • making numerous and unwanted calls to a person’s mobile phone
  • sending threatening and/or abusive messages (texting messaging, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook messaging, Twitter)
  • hacking into a person’s email or social media account to discover information about them
  • hacking into a person’s email or social media account to impersonate them and send abusive messages to family/friends of that person
  • using surveillance devices to spy on a person
  • sharing, or threatening to share, intimate pictures of a person

There are four primary areas of law relevant to people experiencing technology-facilitated stalking and abuse:

  • Protection Orders
  • Surveillance and Recordings
  • Relevant Criminal Offences
  • Image-based abuse

For more information, please click on the relevant State or Territory.