Sharing personal images

What is the study about?

The Social Research Centre, RMIT and Monash University are conducting research to understand the experiences and motivations of people who have shared personal images of someone without their consent. We are also interested in the experiences of those who have been accused of sharing images, or who have only thought about sending personal images without consent.

We hope that the results of this study will inform the development of support resources for people who have shared personal images (for example education resources about legal ramifications, giving intervention services a better understanding of how to support people).

What does participation in this research involve?

If you agree to participate, a researcher will conduct an interview with you about your experiences. The interview will be either face-to-face (e.g. in person), or via Skype or telephone, depending on your preference. We will set up the interview at a time and location that is convenient to you. With your permission, the interview will be audio-recorded and later transcribed. We will provide an interpreter should you require one.

You will be given $80 to reimburse you for your time.

How is my privacy protected?

Participation in the research project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part, you may stop the interview at any time. You may also refuse to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer during the interview. You are free to withdraw from the project at any stage up until 8 weeks following the interview.

The information provided will only be used for research purposes and individuals will not be identified in any reports. All information provided will be treated in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. The Social Research Centre complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014. The Social Research Centre’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

Further information and who to contact

If you would like to participate in this research, or if you have any questions, please call the Social Research Centre on 1800 023 040 (a free call) or email