Spot the signs  

Abuse is not normal and never OK. If you are in a relationship with someone you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse, which you can find out about here, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship. Find out more about the issue, have your say and seek help here.

 Spot the signs

  1. Abuse in a relationship can happen to anyone.
  2. It's never OK.
  3. It can destroy your self-confidence, have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing and leave you feeling isolated and lonely.
  Relationship Checklist
In a healthy relationship both partners treat each other with respect. Answer the following questions honestly to work out if your partner treats you with the respect you deserve.  

Your partner:
  1. Is willing to compromise.
  2. Lets you feel comfortable being yourself.
  3. Is able to admit to being wrong.
  4. Is not jealous or possessive.
  5. Does not try to control what you wear, where you go or what you do.
  6. Does not physically hurt you. 
  7. Does not emotionally hurt you (by calling you names, threatening you, making you feel bad).
  8. Tries to resolve arguments and conflict by talking honestly.
  9. Enables you to feel safe being with them.
  10. Respects your feelings, your opinions and your friends.
  11. Accepts you saying no to things you don't want to do (like sex).
  12. Accepts you changing your mind.
  13. Respects your wishes if you want to end the relationship.
  14. When someone loves you you feel safe, respected and free to be yourself. You shouldn't be made to feel scared, intimidated or controlled.
If you have answered 'no' to any of these questions you could be in an abusive relationship and may want to speak to someone.  Follow our links on the Helpline page to get help.
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