Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.
A relationship doesn’t just mean what happens in your love life. Most of our important relationships are with our family and friends and the one thing they all have in common is that they involve our feelings. We have lots of different types of relationships with different people e.g. teachers, health professionals and even neighbours.
Whatever the relationship, it will probably have ups and downs, most do. Good communication and respect going both ways are really important to make it work well.
Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to understand what is and isn’t normal behavior.
Disrespectful and unacceptable behavior can come in many forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behavior; it can also go way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and pressure you into sending a nude photo, or to expect the same things to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK.
This film clip from Australia is a good example of what you can expect from a healthy relationship.