Legal Advice Centre

Images Based Sexual Abuse (SPITE)

Free legal advice for revenge porn victims

Our role is not to act as a general helpline, but to provide legal support to those who feel they have been a victim of someone sharing and publishing intimate images without their consent. If additional emotional support is required, we are able to provide details of organisations that can offer this.

Our aims are:

  1. To make free legal advice as available as possible
  2. To help our clients understand the legal implications of the situation
  3. To inform our clients of the legal remedies for the act against them
  4. To support those who have been called to court to give evidence
  5. To provide our clients with all their possible options so they can make an informed decision.

The uploading of intimate still or moving photography, without consent, is becoming an ever-increasing problem. We are committed to offering a confidential and sensitive environment for victims of revenge porn who are seeking free legal advice. Our team are specifically trained on the developing law in this area, as well as to the sensitivities of those who need our help.

Criminal Injuries Compensation claim (CICA) guide

Four of our Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre students worked alongside Emily McFadden of Bolt Burden Kemp to create a self-help guide for clients who want to make a Criminal Injuries Compensation claim (CICA) [PDF 220KB].

This guide helps with eligibility, frequently asked questions and the processes when making a CICA Claim.

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Image Based Sexual Abuse (IBSA) and the impact this has on the well-being of LGBTQ individuals

An academic team from Birmingham University are undertaking research into LGBTQ individuals’ experience of Image Based Sexual Abuse. Visit their website to find out more and take part in the study.

Please note that this study is separate to the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and our SPITE project.