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Is this really love


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This is a caring relationship

Two people who feel good about themselves and each other. Healthy relationships include things like:

  • Freedom to do your own thing
  • Being good friends
  • Time and space to see your friends
  • Having your own interests
  • Knowing your opinions are valued and respected
  • Listening to each other
  • Having fun together
  • Trusting each other
  • Being able to disagree with each other
  • Being able to go at your own pace – including sexually
  • Making decisions together
  • Being able to talk about it when you have an argument
  • Feeling safe
  • Respecting the decision if either of you want to end the relationship


It is important to remember that everyone deserves respect and there are no excuses for abuse


This is not a caring relationship

One person dominates and controls the other.  An unhealthy relationship may include:

  • Your partner gets angry when you talk to someone else
  • Your partner is verbally aggressive or physically threatening
  • Your partner calls you names, puts you down or makes you feel bad
  • Your partner uses force, threats, emotional blackmail or bargains to make you do things you don't want to do
  • Your partner threatens to harm any of your family, friends, pets or property
  • Your partner posts unpleasant or intimately revealing things about you on the internet

When it comes to relationships there is no place for violence and abuse

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