Valentine’s Day is normally a day to celebrate a couple’s love. It is the time that we focus on our significant other and remind ourselves how lucky we are to have them in our live. Sometimes, however, relationships can be unhealthy or even abusive.
I believe a major component of a healthy relationship is respect. It is so important to not only respect your partner, but also to be respected. There are many ways we can show our respect to our partner.
This is Dating Violence Awareness Month, so I’m going to focus on teens and young adults and ways they show respect/disrespect.
These are just a few behaviors that can be unhealthy or abusive in a relationship:
Demanding to share social media passwords
Talking down to or yelling at
Physically hurting partner
Threatening to leave
Keeping from friends and family members
Making light of issues in the relationship
These are red flags that a relationship is abusive or is at least unhealthy. These actions show disrespect to the partner.
When you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, make sure you are in a healthy and happy relationship.
Remember, if we can help just one person, we've done our job.
Please note: If you are in an abusive relationship, please reach out to your local domestic violence organization or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.