Survivors of abuse

At Meta, we want to help survivors of abuse stay connected with friends and family or reconnect with loved ones after being isolated by an abusive former partner. Our tools let you control your online experience.

Updating your privacy settings across Meta technologies can help prevent your former partner or mutual friends from seeing what you share. You can also report abusive online comments on your profile or someone else's, and take action if you’re being harassed.

Here you'll find suggestions for how to handle different instances of online abuse.

If you're experiencing abuse.

Trained experts are available to offer support and specific guidance if you are experiencing abuse. To speak with an advocate, use this list of domestic violence helplines. This global directory was compiled in partnership with UN Women, the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Global Network of Women’s Shelters. The professionals at these anonymous helplines can help you create a safety plan.

You can also take steps to protect or reclaim your digital life. If you can, take screenshots of any online harassment directed at you in case you need evidence later.

If you're worried about a friend.

If you are worried about a friend or loved one who might be experiencing abuse, start by encouraging them to get guidance from a trained advocate. You can share the list of domestic violence resources or offer to call on their behalf if there’s concern about an abuser tracking your friend's activity.

If you're worried about someone sharing an intimate image.

Any non-consensual intimate image (NCII) sharing is considered online sexual abuse and violates our policies. If someone has shared or threatened to share an intimate image without your consent, you have options for reporting the incident and preventing further abuse. Visit the Facebook Help Center for instructions on reporting a photo that violates the Facebook Community Standards.

If someone is threatening to reveal intimate images or videos to get you to do something—a form of online harassment known as sextortion—you have options for defending yourself.