As a part of our TDV campaign, we would like to highlight healthy behaviors teens and adults should seek in their own relationships. While unhealthy relationships might be hard to acknowledge, healthy behaviors are easier to notice and seek when dating.
Find someone who:
Treats you with respect.
Never puts you down.
Doesn’t get angry if you spend time with your friends or family.
Isn’t afraid to share their thoughts and feelings.
Is proud of your accomplishments and successes.
In a healthy relationship, the couple gives each other space to see friends and family. Physical and emotional boundaries that have been set are respected and acknowledged. Disagreements are handled without excessive yelling or blame. You should feel like you’re able to talk about how you feel without being retaliated against, either physically or with verbal, emotional abuse.
In the digital world we live in, young adults should also be aware of healthy technology behaviors. Texts shouldn’t be excessive or disruptive to every day life. Phones aren’t snooped and locations aren’t tracked. Digital boundaries should be respected as well (i.e., your partner should not pressure you to stay in contact 24/7 or send explicit photos.)
In essence, your partner should be your partner, not your parent. We encourage people of all ages to seek these healthy behaviors and relationships that make you feel respected and equal to your partner.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1- 800- 799- 7233.