Couples that are in healthy relationships experience respect, sharing, and trust. These
relationships, often, are based on the belief that both partners are equal. Couples in healthy
relationships share power and control is equally between both partners.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Relationships
...listening to one another, valuing each other's opinions, and listening in a non-judgmental
manner. Respect also involves attempting to understand and affirm the other's emotions.
Trust and support
...supporting each other's goals in life, and respecting each other's right to his/her own
feelings, opinions, friends, activities and interest. It is valuing one's partner as an individual.
Honesty and accountability
...communicating openly and truthfully, admitting mistakes or being wrong, acknowledging past use
of violence, and accepting responsibility for one's self.
...making family/relationship decisions together, mutually agreeing on a distribution of work
which is fair to both partners. If parents, the couple shares parental responsibilities and acts as
positive, non-violent role models for the children.
...in marriage or cohabitation, making financial decisions together, and making sure both
partners benefit from financial arrangements.
Negotiation and fairness
...being willing to compromise, accepting change, and seeking mutually satisfying solutions
...talking and acting in a way that promotes both partners' feelings of safety in the
relationship. Both should feel comfortable and safe in expressing him/herself and in engaging in