Anger, Teen Dating, teen health, Uncategorized

The Basics of a Healthy Relationship

If you are a victim of teen dating violence, it may be hard to talk about. Perhaps it isn’t you but you have observed a close friend experience abusive behavior by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

So, what makes a relationship healthy?
* Both people feel respected, supported, and valued
* Both people make decisions together
* Both people have friends and interests outside of the relationship
* Both people settle disagreements with open and honest communication
* Both people respect each other’s privacy and space

What makes a relationship unhealthy?
* One or both people try to change the other
* One person makes most or all of the decisions
* One or both people drop friends and interests outside of the relationship
* One or both people yell, threaten, hit, or throw things during arguments
* One or both people make fun of the other’s opinions or interests
* One or both people keep track of the other all the time by calling, texting, or checking in with friends

What can you do to prevent dating violence?

  1. First, take some time to think about how you want to be treated in a relationship.
  2. How do you want to feel about yourself when you with that person?
  3. Set boundaries about what is acceptable behavior
  4. Recognize the signs
  5. If you don’t feel comfortable telling the person you don’t like their behavior, ask for help. Talk to a friend, a parent, teacher, counselor, or someone you can trust.

Take moment to watch this short video about dating violence. Be sure to watch it to the end and scan the code. 🙂

Teen Dating Violence

To evaluate your relationship, take one of the quizzes below or share them with a friend.

Healthy Dating Quiz for Girls

Healthy Dating Relationship Quiz for Teen

Getting help is as simple as talking to a friend. Don’t be afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed to ask for help.

24/7 National U.S. Hotlines

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ* youth): 1-866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929

National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233

National Hotline for Crime Victims: 1-855-484-2846

National Street Harassment Hotline: 1-855-897-5910