What is it?
Online abuse is part of the continuum of men’s violence against women rather than a unique phenomenon e.g. in domestic abuse situations, men have used email, text and social media to stalk, harass and threaten female partners. (source).
It can include threatening to share intimate photographs without consent, or actually doing so. This is a criminal offence. Even in cases where perpetrators are not known to victim-survivors offline, online abuse causes real world fear, often exacerbated by abusers sharing details such as a victim-survivor’s address, or information about family members. (source)
Tips for reporting
Don’t trivialise it by suggesting she should ignore it or switch off her computer.
Don’t reproduce abusive or malicious posts, tweets or images. Making it easy for readers to find the abusive material can cause further harm to the victim-survivor. It may also enhance the perpetrator’s profile - and under current legislation, you may be at risk of breaking the law.
If an intimate image of someone is shared without their consent, it is not their fault for taking the image in the first place. It is the fault of the person who shared the image without consent.