Victims of cyberbullying and unwanted sharing of intimate images now have options for dealing with those who want to harm them.

Nova Scotians can now access supports, and alternatives to criminal prosecution under the province’s Intimate Images and Cyber-Protection Act.  The new law came into effect on July 5, 2018.

Victims and parents can also seek a protection order for alleged offenders to stop, take down a webpage or prohibit further contact with the victim. They may also seek compensation.

The CyberScan unit can help victims understand their options and navigate the justice system. CyberScan can also offer voluntary dispute resolution services - including advice, negotiation, mediation and restorative justice approaches to respondents, in addition to victims.

If you believe you are the victim of cyberbullying or that an intimate image of you was shared without your consent call CyberScan:

902-424-6990 (within HRM)
855-702-8324 (toll-free)

For more information on cyberbullying and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and the supports available to victims please visit

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when someone uses electronic communication – such as email, text messages, social media - to bully someone else. The person responsible for the communication either maliciously harmed or intended to cause harm to someone’s health or well-being or did so without thinking or caring about the consequences of their actions.

Cyberbullying can include:

  • revealing sensitive personal facts or confidential information
  • threating or intimidating another person
  • communicating in a way that is grossly offensive, indecent, or obscene
  • harassing another person
  • making a false accusation
  • assuming the online identity of another person
  • encouraging another person to commit suicide
  • criticizing or disparaging another person because of a prohibited ground of discrimination, like race, religion or sexual orientation

Cyberbullying also includes encouraging someone else to do any of these things.

July 2018