In order for everyone to feel safe, respected, and valued in their relationships, it is essential for all of us to know the difference between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Take a look at the signs below, and reach out to AWP's 24-hour Hotline (1.800.220.8116) anytime you have a question or concern about your relationship or about the relationship of a loved one.
Signs of a Healthy Relationship
Healthy relationships bring out the best in each person, and they are rooted in the following:
- Open Communication
- Honesty & Accountability
- Intimacy & Physical Affection
- Shared Responsibility
- Trust & Support
- Fairness & Negotiation
Click on the Equality Wheel to view a helpful visual of all of the elements of a healthy relationship.
Source: National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Signs of an Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship
Abuse is rooted in power and control. It is one partner needing to intimidate, dominate, overpower and control the other partner. Abuse can take many forms, including:
- Using Harmful Language
- Using Social Standing
- Using Technology
- Using Intimidation
- Minimizing, Denying, or Blaming
- Using Threats
- Sexual Coercion, Harassment, or Assault
- Using Physical Violence
Click on the Power & Control Wheel for a helpful visual of the various abusive tactics that many survivors experience.
Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund
Everyone deserves to feel safe, respected, and valued in their relationships. If you are noticing any unhealthy or abusive behaviors in your relationship, don't ignore it. Trust your instincts, reach out for support, and know that A Woman's Place is always here for you.