Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Healthy Relationship

At Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, we believe that healthy relationships build healthy communities. Relationships portrayed in movies and on television can create a confusing picture of what relationships look should like. Continue reading to get to know the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

A Healthy Relationship Looks Like:

An Unhealthy Relationship Looks Like:

Mutual Respect

You and your partner value each other’s opinions and respect boundaries


You or your partner make fun of the other’s opinions or purposefully harm something that belongs to the other


You and your partner give each other the benefit of the doubt


You or your partner hide things from the other



You and your partner understand that you both have differing views and work to find a solution that is beneficial to both


You or your partner try to control what the other does, says, wears, who they see, etc.


You and your partner have your own separate lives and interests apart from one another


You or your partner relies on the other for things the other cannot provide. This could manifest in one threatening self-harm if the other wants to leave or spend less time together

Good Communication

You and your partner express what you’re feeling openly and honestly

Intimidation and Coercion

You or your partner guilt, threaten, or otherwise incite fear in the other to achieve a certain outcome

Anger Control

You and your partner find ways to express your feelings without causing harm to the other

Physical and Verbal Violence

You or your partner use force, in the way of words or physical violence, to get their way

Healthy Sexual Relationship

You and your partner discuss what you want your sexual relationship to be and respect the other when they want to stop or not do something

Sexual Violence

You or your partner forces or coerces the other into engaging in sexual activities the other has not agreed to willingly


Healthy College Relationship


How to Access Help

We’re here for you.  Text or call the Crisis and Support Hotline anytime of the day or night at (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020, or chat online. Call the hotline to make an appointment, or request an appointment online.


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