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What is a Healthy Relationship

You deserve to have healthy and safe relationships based on mutual respect, honesty, trust, and open communication.

Signs of Healthy Relationship Behavior

How do your relationships measure up? Read the healthy relationship behaviors below to see if you recognize these qualities in yourself and others.

Responsibility

  • Accountable for behaviors and actions
  • Acknowledges past use of violence
  • Admits being wrong
  • Reliable

Honesty

  • Truthful, open, clear and direct communication
  • Able to be vulnerable; honest about being scared or insecure
  • Willing to admit and accept differences

Respect

  • Maintains clear boundaries
  • Nurtures the needs and wants of their partner, themselves, and the relationship
  • Respects others’ rights to their own feelings, friends and activities
  • Trusts and believes in their partner
  • Values intimacy

Cooperation

  • Works together to solve problems
  • Negotiates and compromises
  • Doesn’t always have to be “right”
  • Willing to see the other side of issues

Support & Affirmation

  • Values others’ opinions
  • Listens non-judgmentally
  • Requests but doesn’t expect
  • Inquires without accusing
  • Encourages mutual growth

Partnership

  • Offers commitment as a mutual choice
  • Makes decisions jointly
  • Flexible in roles
  • Interdependent instead of dependent or domineering