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Healthy Relationships

Being in a healthy relationship means:

  • Respecting individuality, embracing differences, and allowing each person to “be him/herself.”
  • Discussing things, allowing for differences of opinion, and compromising equally.
  • Expressing and listening to each others’ feelings, needs, and desires.
  • Trusting and being honest with yourself and each other.
  • Resolving conflicts in a rational, peaceful, and mutually agreed-upon way.

Other Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship

Accepting responsibility, behaviors, and attitudes

Admitting mistakes (or being wrong)

Accepting the fact that everyone makes mistakes

Refusing to intimidate or manipulate

Respecting physical space

Expressing self nonviolently and honestly

Always using a nonviolent approach to resolving conflict

Understanding that conflict and anger are okay

Respect for each person’s sexual boundaries

Recognizing and respecting each person’s individual rights

Open communication

Accepting each other’s word

Giving the benefit of the doubt

Willingness to tell your partner what you need or want

Joy and playfulness

Asking, not expecting

Accepting change

Making decisions together

Being willing to compromise

Seeking mutually satisfying resolutions to conflict

Equality in decision making

Supporting each other’s choices

Being understanding

Offering encouragement

Listening non-judgmentally

Valuing opinions

Shared respect for each other’s values

Communicating openly and truthfully

Willingness to honestly discuss problems

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-WA-AX-0024 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.