Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) has moved to the fourth floor of the C4C, Center for Community suite N450.
What is the Difference between Healthy, Unhealthy and Abusive Relationships?
- having the ability to talk about feelings, being able to talk from personal experiences and empathize with a partner’s experience.
- when people in a relationship are listened to and respected especially when there are differences.
- when people can have disagreements in a relationship and still talk respectfully to each other.
- when people are purposeful about intimate and they can be honest concerning their feelings about physical affection and sex.
- when people trust each other and are comfortable spending time with other people they care about.
- feeling awkward about expressing feelings or emotions, which may come from a lack of opportunity to explore feelings or develop communication skills within the relationship.
- when a person's feelings or needs are ignored and not respected.
- when disagreements turn into fights more often than not.
- when people feel embarrassed or are unwilling to say how they feel because their partner may not listen or care.
- when a person feels jealous every time their partner talks to or spends time with other people they care about.
- the need to control others’ thoughts and feelings.
- when a partner is actively disrespected, ignored, demeaned, and their ideas and feelings are treated with contempt.
- when someone is afraid to disagree because they don't want to run the risk of their partner’s anger, abuse, and or violence. If there is a disagreement, the typical response is belittling and or abusive.
- when someone's needs and wants are ignored and they are pushed into situations that frighten and or degrade them.
- when one partner is accused of flirting all the time and ordered not to talk to other people or kept away from others they care about.