Healthy relationships make us happy and healthy.
Both partners feel safe, communicate and work out disagreements respectfully and can set and respect boundaries; partners can spend time alone and there is no violence or threat of violence.1
Unhealthy relationships make us sick.
Partners feel awkward and embarrassed when sharing ideas and feelings; there is jealousy, pressuring or possessiveness and disagreements turn into fights.1
Abuse impacts all areas of health and can be life threatening.
A partner is harmed in the relationship; they are afraid to communicate feelings, boundaries or ideas because it could result in physical violence, forced sexual contact, threats, name-calling or other abuse. Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, social or spiritual. Neglect is also a form of abuse.1
All abusive relationships are unhealthy, but not all unhealthy relationships are abusive.