People define relationships in many different ways, but for a relationship to be healthy you need:
- Safe Communication
- Mutual respect
Healthy - Unhealthy - Abusive Relationship Continuum
A healthy relationship means both you and your partner are:
- Safely Communicating
Openly and listen to each other
No need to prove trust
- Mutual Respect
Value each other as you are
Everyone has the right to privacy and the right is respected.
You may be in an unhealthy relationship if one or more partners is:
- Not Communicating
Avoid or frequently argue
- Not Trusting
Feeling entitled to invade privacy
Not considerate of partner
Partner often feels offended.
- Boundaries are threatening
Privacy is questioned and causes suspicion and anger in partner.
Abuse is occurring in a relationship one partner:
with threats, insults, hurtful
- Accusations of cheating
Accusations may include threat or violence. Frequent jealousy.
- Mistreats the other partner
Lack of respect for partner's thoughts, feelings, decisions or their physical safety.
- No Boundaries are tolerated
Privacy is violated without consent, and may cause threat of violence.