Sometimes it is hard to know whether what you are experiencing in a relationship is normal or not. Healthy relationships are made up of respect, honesty, trust, and communication. A healthy relationship is a partnership that allows each party to maintain their independence and ability to make their own decisions. Healthy relationships are based upon financial equality, honesty, respect, and physical safety.
Unhealthy relationships are often unbalanced partnerships; one partner seems to have the power and control. Partners in these relationships often use force, threats, intimidation, insults, and isolation to control one another. Abuse is not just physical; it can be emotional, verbal, physical, financial, sexual, psychological, and social.
The graphic wheels below can help you identify if your relationship is healthy or not. If you find yourself relating to the ‘unhealthy relationship’ wheel more, you might be experiencing family and domestic violence. Recognizing that you are in an unhealthy relationship can be extremely difficult but is a big step forward. It is important to start seeking help and support for yourself and/or your children. Click on image for full size.