Healthy Intimacy and Relationships
Everyone deserves to be in a HEALTHY relationship.
What is a balanced, non-violent, non-abusive relationship? These relationships take time and nurturing to develop and must be accomplished mutually. They are based on open communication, deep caring, and a joint desire to build a healthy relationship.
Follow the above links for printable versions of information that describe abusive relationships, what your rights are as a human being in a relationship, and some myths and facts about interpersonal violence.
For information on what equality between partners looks like and a checklist for healthy relationships, check out our Equality Wheel and Healthy Relationships Checklist.
Respect: Partners listen in a non-judgmental way, are understanding, emotionally affirming and value their partner's opinion.
Trust and Support: Partners support each others' goals and respect each others' feelings, friends, activities, contributions, and opinions.
Honesty and Accountability: Partners accept responsibility for themselves, acknowledge past behavior, can admit being wrong, and communicate openly and truthfully.
Shared Responsibility: Partners reach mutual agreements on fair distribution of work and make family decisions together.
Negotiation and Fairness: Partners seek mutually satisfying resolutions to conflict, can accept change, and are willing to compromise.
Economic Partnership: Partners make financial decisions together ensuring that both partners benefit from financial arrangements.
Non-Threatening Behavior: Partners speak and act in ways that cultivate and support a safe and comfortable environment in which they can express themselves and make decisions.
Responsible Parenting: partners share parental responsibilities and are positive, non-violent role models for children.