Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

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Consent is about open, honest communication between partners.


Learn about the qualities of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships.


If you have concerns about your relationship, call or chat with us!

What is a Healthy Relationship?

People define relationships in many different ways, but for a relationship to be healthy you need:

  • Safe communication
  • Trust
  • Boundaries
  • Mutual respect

Learn more about the different aspects of healthy relationships by exploring the pages in this section.

Everyone deserves a relationship that is positive, healthy and free from violence. If you have concerns about your relationship, Hotline advocates are available to help 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 or via live chat from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Central time. Please click here for information about services for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Relationship Spectrum
Learn the different characteristics of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships.

Setting Boundaries
A healthy relationship starts with mutual respect of each partner’s boundaries.

Open, honest communication should be part of every healthy relationship.

Why is trust important, and how do you build it in a relationship?

What does equality mean, and why does it matter?

It’s more than just “no means no.”

Healthy Conflict Resolution
Conflicts happen even in healthy relationships. What matters is that they are resolved in a healthy way.


Loveisrespect was launched in February 2007 as a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It was the first 24-hour resource for teens who were experiencing dating violence and abuse and is the only teen helpline serving all of the United States and its territories.

Through trainings, toolkits, and curriculum, we are growing community educators and advocates to promote healthy relationships and prevent future patterns of abuse. Loveisrespect also mobilizes parents, educators, peers and survivors to proactively raise awareness on healthy dating behaviors and how to identify unhealthy and abusive patterns.

In 2011, loveisrespect grew even stronger as The Hotline entered into a strategic partnership with Break the Cycle, another national leader in preventing dating abuse. That same year with support from Mary Kay Inc., loveisrespect launched 24-hour text services as an addition to our phone and live chat services. Vice President Joe Biden, who has spent decades working to end violence against women, premiered the text service and sent the very first text message to a loveisrespect advocate.

We are proud to call loveisrespect the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth to prevent and end abusive relationships while gaining resources and knowledge to build healthy relationships!

  • Chat with a peer advocate by clicking on the “Chat Online Now” button at the top of the loveisrespect website.
  • Text* loveis (capitalization does not matter) to 22522.
  • Speak to a peer advocate by calling 1-866-331-9474.

Our trained peer advocates are available 24/7/365 to offer education, support and advocacy to teens and young adults, as well as their concerned friends and family members, who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information about dating abuse to service providers, counselors, teachers and members of law enforcement.

Peer advocates can connect you to resources in your area, provide you with helpful websites, help you create a plan to stay safe or just listen to your concerns. All conversations with peer advocates via phone, chat or text are free and confidential. You will never be asked for your name or other contact information, but an advocate may ask for your age and city to find local resources for you.

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