- Healthy relationships start with feeling respected and safe
- You have a right to respect and safety in all your relationships
- Relationship behaviour that is abusive is never OK and may be domestic and family violence or sexual violence
- If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, you can call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, chat online via our website or text 0458 737 732.
Respect and safety
Healthy relationships are important. They remind us that we are valued and allow us to share the joys and challenges of life with others.
You have the right to feel respected and safe in your relationships, including with:
- Boyfriends, girlfriends, partners, husbands or wives
- Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-partners, ex-husbands or ex-wives
- Carers and paid support workers
- Parents, guardians and other family members
- Adult children
- People you work with
- Other people you live with or see often, whether inside or outside the place you live.
It is not healthy for any of these people to control you or cause you to live in fear.
Repeated behaviour that makes you feel unsafe can be a sign of an abusive relationship.