Healthy Relationships

What does a healthy relationship look like?

Relationships exist on a spectrum, from healthy, to unhealthy, to abusive. A healthy, positive relationship is one based on mutual trust, support, and respect. You and your partner should both feel:

  • safe with each other
  • able to communicate with each other in an honest and caring way, even when you disagree
  • free to have a life outside the relationship.

Intimidation, humiliation, fear, and violence should never be part of a healthy relationship-- click here for more information about types of abusive behavior. On this page, you can learn how to best lay the foundations for a healthy relationship, communicate with your partner, and recognize unhealthy or abusive behavior.


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Laying the Foundation for Healthy Relationships

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Types of Abuse

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Effective Communication

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Checking In: Is My Relationship Healthy?

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Conflict Resolution

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Ending a Relationship


If you are seeking someone to talk to about your relationship or any concerns related to it,  consider contacting the professionals at Student Counseling Service. For immediate help or safety concerns, call the Sexual Assault Dean on Call at 773-834-4357. Other great resources about healthy relationships can be found at Love Is Respect and Planned Parenthood.