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A healthy relationship is based on equality, mutual respect, shared responsibilities, and commitment. It involves open communication, trust, and healthy boundaries. These traits are not inherent in most relationships. They must be taught, practiced, and worked toward for the duration of the relationship.
Relationships are not perfect. Feeling angry, hurt, or upset at times is normal. But feeling scared, humiliated, pressured, or controlled is not the way a relationship should make you feel. Instead, you should feel loved, respected, and free to be yourself.
It is important that teens understand the qualities of a healthy relationship—with friends as well as with dating partners. This information can be especially helpful if you have witnessed or experienced violence between your parents, have been in an abusive dating relationship, or have friends in unhealthy relationships.
Here you can find information you need to understand the difference between healthy relationships and abusive relationships, how our culture promotes images of each, as well as other forms of teen violence.
How to Step Up and Speak Out
You can make a difference by stepping up and speaking out against sexual and domestic violence in our communities. Find out how you can SUSO and ways to bring awareness to your community.
Start with your self:
Step up and get involved:
Speak out and be an active bystander:
When helping yourself or people close to you who may be experiencing violence, you may find these basic tools to be very useful: