About Dating Abuse

Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect, and open communication between partners. Having a healthy relationship is not always easy and it takes effort and compromise from both people. It is important that both partners respect each other’s independence and share decision-making. Couple in front of painted wall.

Characteristics of Healthy Relationships

  • Respect for privacy and space. You don’t have to be with your partner 24/7.
  • Your partner encourages you to spend time with friends and to participate in activities that you enjoy.
  • You feel comfortable expressing your opinions and concerns to your partner.
  • Your partner doesn’t force you to have sex or to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • You feel physically safe in the relationship.
  • Your partner respects your wishes and feelings.
  • You are able to compromise and negotiate when there are disagreements or conflicts.

Everyone has the right to have a healthy relationship.  If you are concerned that your relationship is unhealthy, learn more:

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