Dolly’s Law puts safety and wellbeing of children first

Published: 22 Nov 2018

Under tough new laws, cyberbullies could face up to five years prison time for sending abusive emails or posting hurtful messages.

The laws cover sending abusive emails, posting threatening or hurtful messages, photos or videos online or repeatedly sending unwanted messages. It also provides a basis for victims of cyberbullying to seek apprehended violence orders.

Named after Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, who took her own life after sustained cyberbullying, Dolly's Law is an important signal to everyone using technology that there are consequences to cyberbullying. Dolly’s parents, Tick and Kate, established Dolly’s Dream to help prevent cyberbullying and educate children and parents about the serious harm it can do.

Attorney General Mark Speakman thanked the parents of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett for allowing the NSW Government to give their daughter’s name to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 amendments.

“No parent should have to go through this devastating experience. This is why we are committed to protecting everyone in our community from online abuse – whether that be school children, victims of domestic violence or anyone else whose safety is put at risk by cyberbullies and online trolls,” Mr Speakman said.

“Dolly’s Law is now putting online abusers on notice that if their actions cause people to fear physical or mental harm, they face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.”

Where to get help

Support services that operate 24/7 include:

The Victims Access Line – 1800 633 063 operates Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm (excluding public holidays).

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