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December 14, 2022

Bonus Blog – New legislation to protect victims and survivors from having private, intimate images shared without consent.

Whenever possible, I try to bring you the latest legislation in relation to domestic abuse. Therefore, I wanted to inform that the government have today, announced changes to the law which aim to protect victims and survivors from abusers who share private and intimate images without consent.

These changes are part of further amendments to the Online Safety Bill. People that share so called ‘deepfake’ images will be criminalised and potentially receive a prison sentence. ‘Deepfake’ images are pictures or videos which have been altered to look like someone, without their consent.

As part of these changes, the government has also brought forward additional laws to try and tackle a range of abusive behaviours. These include, installing hidden cameras and other equipment in order to record someone without their consent.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab has said:

“We must do more to protect women and girls, from people who take or manipulate intimate photos in order to hound or humiliate them.

Our changes will give police and prosecutors the powers they need to bring these cowards to justice and safeguard women and girls from such vile abuse”.

It has been reported that one in 14 adults in England and Wales have had threats or experience of having intimate images shared and more than 28,000 reports to the Police of sexual images shared without consent between April 2015 and December 2021.

As technology advances in our society, so too do the perpetrators of abuse. It is therefore crucial that we find ways to thwart them at every turn in order to continue to protect women and girls.

  • I first met Sharon back in 2000 when I went into a refuge she worked in after fleeing a violent relationship. I had two babies and virtually just a bag of clothes and a few toys with us. She helped me with appointments with the police, solicitors and..

    A survivor of domestic abuse.
  • I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Sharon when she was the Advocacy Manager at Woman’s Trust and I was working for Westminster City Council. During this time Sharon developed and managed the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service..

    Ainslie O’Connor – Principal Advisor for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet – Adelaide, Australia.
  • Thank you so much for all the support you have given me. You really have been amazing, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with Child Protection without you. The amount of strength you have given me is totally priceless, even with..

    A survivor of domestic abuse.
  • I knew Sharon as a work colleague over ten years ago. At the time, she was supporting vulnerable people, some of them were homeless due to domestic abuse and substance misuse. For me, assisting such people was what anyone in her role would be expect..

    Ted Chanza, Head of Market Operations, Airtel Malawi Ltd, Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa.
  • I have known Sharon for 6 years and have had the pleasure of working alongside her when I chaired the Westminster MARAC. Sharon is a committed, empathetic supporter of women who are or have experienced domestic abuse. She regularly goes the extra m..

    Former Chair of The Westminster MARAC.
  • I was fortunate to have had Sharon as my support worker after 17 years of domestic violence and 4 children that had witnessed and gone through it with me. I was finally strong enough to stand up and protect myself and my children. Without Sharon’s ..

    A survivor of domestic violence.
  • Without the support and constant reassurance of Sharon, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am forever grateful to her. She is extremely dedicated and knowledgeable, having her on my side when dealing with someone as persistent..

    Anonymous survivor of Domestic Abuse.
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