A healthy relationship is important whether they are with friends, family members, or a romantic partner. Healthy relationships should be respectful, support you, make you feel good, and help you grow. Both individuals should be free to have friends and activities outside of the relationship.
Healthy relationships with romantic partners may include a physical aspect that friends do not have. This can add a new dimension to the relationship. However, it is important that these are based in respect, trust, honesty, boundaries, and healthy communication.
Unhealthy relationships can occur in any relationship when there is an imbalance of power in the relationship.
Unhealthy relationships can decrease a person’s feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. Sometimes, people who are involved in unhealthy relationships begin to believe that love is conditional or that they deserve the treatment that they are receiving. This can lead the person to become involved in other relationships that are abusive.
It is important to recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships. This can be hard. Sometimes, the warning signs are subtle or happen slowly over time.Unhealthy relationships may be hard to recognize or talk about if they are common in a community, school, or social group. It is important to talk to an adult who is safe and who you trust if you are experiencing an unhealthy relationship.
Domestic violence (intimate partner violence or partner abuse) refers to abuse that occurs within an intimate relationship. Intimate partner violence can happen in any intimate relationship regardless of income, length of relationship, living arrangements, marital status, or social status. The abuse can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or even financial.
People of any gender can be either the person who is abused or the perpetrator (abuser). Intimate partner violence can occur in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. It is important to remember that intimate partner violence is never the fault of the person who is being abused.
Some warning signs of intimate partner violence are:
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