Irish national centre
combatting illegal content online
Since our inception in 1999, Hotline.ie has been working to reduce the prevalence of illegal content online whilst breaking the cycle of abuse, exploitation and contribute to the prevention of repeat-victimisation.
Hotline.ie's work specifically relates to illegal online content:
- online child sexual abuse material
- activities relating to online child sexual exploitation
- intimate image abuse (intimate images and videos shared online without the person's consent)
You can securely, confidentially and anonymously report suspected illegal content encountered online to Hotline.ie.
Each report we receive is assessed by our world-class Analysts against rigorous standards and by reference to Irish law. When content is classified as contrary to Irish law, action will be taken.
Hotline.ie is here to help. Your report matters and it can make a world of difference.
Where there is an immediate safety risk or you become aware of one, call 112 or 999. Remember when calling 112 or 999, 'stay calm, stay focused and stay on the line'.
Contact your local Garda station or the free Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 if your report relates to any of the issues below:
- You suspect a child is a victim of abuse or at risk
- Images stored on private devices such as mobile phones, tables or computers
- Content (i.e. images) shared via encrypted private communications such as messaging Apps
If you suspect to have come across sexual images or videos of under 18s online, even if you are in doubt about someone's age, you should always report it. For child sexual abuse imagery to exist online a crime has been committed in real life, a child has been sexually exploited and often actually raped. There is nothing virtual about their suffering.
Hotline.ie is also a founding member of INHOPE. We work in very close collaboration with law enforcement, 46 other hotlines worldwide, national and international partners, to have child sexual abuse material removed irrespective of where in the world it may be hosted, and to ensure the children in the imagery may be identified and safeguarded.
Hotline.ie specifically combats illegal content online, however we know that people often experience a number of other issues and difficulties online that we unfortunately cannot help with.
If your report does not relate to: (i) online child sexual abuse material; (ii) online child sexual exploitation; (iii) intimate images shared online without the person's consent; (iv) racism and xenophobia; or (v) financial scams purporting to be Irish financial services or have Irish contact details or appear to have originated from Ireland here is a list of other useful resources to help you in your search for more information. The list includes both national and international resources and organisations across a wide range of issues.