Relationship Concerns

Content warning: This page and its links contain information about relationship violence and/or sexual assault.

Relationships exist on a spectrum, from healthy to unhealthy to abusive — and everywhere in between. It can be hard to determine where your relationship falls, especially if you haven’t dated a lot.

Aspects of a Healthy Relationship

  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Safety
  • Mutual support of each other and choices, even if you disagree
  • Having an equal say and respecting each others’ boundaries
  • Time and space for both of you to study or hang out with friends or family
  • Sharing your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences
  • Any sex is consensual sex that both people want

Adapted from LoveisRespect.org

Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

  • Checking your cell phone or email without your permission
  • Threatening statements
  • Constant put downs and insults
  • Emotional or financial control
  • Restrictions on your time or activities outside the relationship
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating from family or friends
  • False accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physical harm of any kind
  • Possessiveness
  • Controlling behavior
  • Sexual coercion or non-consensual sex

Adapted from LoveisRespect.org