Healthy BDSM relationships require just as much–if not more–of the same things that healthy “vanilla” relationships do: trust, honesty, respect and equality.
If you identify as bisexual and have experienced biphobia from a partner or someone outside your relationship, you deserve support!
It’s not okay for anyone to use what has happened in your past (by choice or by force) to gain power and control by blaming, shaming or making you feel guilty.
In most abusive relationships, when an abusive partner acts “nice,” it’s really just that: an act.
The Hotline shares information about the warning signs of abuse and how to find support on VH1.com.
We hear from many people who are in abusive relationships, and even those who have left relationships, but say that they love their abusive partner.
Terms like narcissistic, antisocial/sociopath or borderline personality are often used as explanations for abusive behaviors, but this can be problematic for a few reasons.
If you are having trouble finding a safe way to communicate with others for support, we have some options to consider.
When a person depends on their partner for any form of caretaking, there may be additional risk for abuse because of a power imbalance.
If staying in a domestic violence shelter is part of your safety plan, we have tips for making a safe transition.