Protect yourself from ‘Revenge Porn’

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There has been an issue which has come up time and time again recently in the press which is commonly called ‘Revenge Porn’. This sort of behaviour not only involves the distribution of intimate images of a former partner but also includes the threat to do so, the manipulation of a person’s image onto another explicit image with the intention of causing embarrassment or to distribute it and creating an online profile to impersonate the victim encouraging unwanted advances by third parties to the victim.

This sort of behaviour by a former partner, wife or husband can be extremely embarrassing and distressing for the person it is aimed at. It can have a wide ranging effect on that person’s life not just emotionally but it can impact upon their employment and how people view them in the community.

The act of engaging in ‘Revenge Porn’ has become a criminal offence, however, there are also other ways in which you can protect yourself from this sort of behaviour. There has been a recent decision by the Court where ‘Revenge Porn’ was one issue which had to be dealt with and the Judge found that the incidents, amongst others, to be harassing and had been done deliberately and knowingly to hurt the person. As such this behaviour does fall within the legal definition of domestic violence and a person who has been threatened with ‘Revenge Porn’ can take action and can apply for an injunction which would stop the other person from being able to do those things.

In certain circumstances there maybe public funding available to make such applications or if not then we have an affordable fixed fee scheme which is available. All enquiries will be dealt with by specialists within our Family Law team and with the utmost sensitivity. For further information please call 0800 689 1058.

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