In a healthy relationship:

  • Your partner respects you and your individuality
  • You are both open and honest
  • A good partner is not excessively jealous and does not make you feel guilty when you spend time with family and friends.
  • Your partner supports you and your choices even when they disagree with you
  • Both of you have equal say and respected boundaries
  • Your partner understands that you need to study or hang out with friends or family
  • You can communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences
  • A good partner also compliments you, encourages you to achieve your goals and does not resent your accomplishments.

My partner doesn’t physically hurt me…does that mean I’m in a healthy relationship?

TeensJust because there is no physical abuse in your relationship doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s not healthy if your partner:

  • Is inconsiderate, disrespectful or distrustful
  • Tries to control what you do, who you spend your time with, and what you wear
  • Is overly jealous
  • Humiliates you on Facebook or in front of your friends
  • Constantly texts you
  • Forces you sexually
  • Threatens to hurt him/herself if you say you want to break-up

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