Relationships and Abuse
The quality of our relationships determines the happiness of our lives.
What to look for in a relationship from the start:
Trust, support, no game playing or point scoring, the ability to be apart as needed, honesty, no fear or controlling each other and to act as equals without competition or conflict.
That all looks easy enough on paper, but it is actually quite hard to create a healthy relationship sometimes and it takes work, effort and a lot of listening to each other. It is vital that we recognise when a relationship goes bad and what signs to look for to help prevent us from unnecessary harm. This can often be very hard to see when we are in that harmful relationship, so simply deciding that we are open to advice from those who love and know us, can often be an enormously important protective factor.
Please explore the links we have chosen below to help your understanding and learning around this vital area of our lives.
- 24-hour National Domestic Violence freephone helpline: 0808 2000 247
- RESPECT – support for those exhibiting controlling behaviours 0808 802 4040
- Men’s Advice line: supports men with controlling partners 0808 801 0327
Here we have listed some helpful websites that may be able to answer questions you have around relationships and abuse. Take a look but if you still have questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we are here to listen to you and help you in any way we can.