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.