Types of relationships

Make sure you are building healthy connections in your relationships.
Because the signs of abuse might be unrecognizable at first, any important relationship should be evaluated periodically to ensure you’re building healthy connections.
Healthy relationship
  • Open communication and active listening.
  • Respect for one another’s minds and bodies.
  • Trust in one another.
  • Honesty, with an appreciation for privacy.
  • Personal space when necessary.
  • Equality in expectations and decision-making.
  • Mutual sexual choices based on consent, comfort, and safety.
Unhealthy relationship
  • Little communication and frequent fights.
  • Disrespect for one another’s minds and bodies.
  • Distrust in what one another says or does.
  • Dishonesty and lies from one or both parties.
  • Little personal space.
  • Inequality, with one or both parties believing their desires are more important than the others’.
  • Pressure to engage in sexual activity by one or both parties.
Abusive relationship
  • Hurtful communication and insults.
  • Harmful treatment of the mind and body of one or both parties.
  • Accusations followed by physical or verbal attacks.
  • Denial of abusive actions.
  • Isolation from family and friends.
  • Control of one party’s thoughts and actions by the other.
  • Forced or nonconsensual sexual activity.