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Promoting Healthy Relationships

Everyone deserves to have happy relationships. College opens the door for all types of relationship challenges. In college, relationships aren’t always easy, but there is never an excuse for dating violence or abuse. Healthy relationships are built on a foundation of TRUST, RESPECT, EQUALITY, and COMMUNICATION. Being able to identify healthy and unhealthy behaviors in a relationship is KEY for becoming aware of dating violence, as well as being able to foster healthy relationships within your own life. 

Healthy Relationship - A connection based on personal growth, respect, equality, and communication.

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Rights to building healthy relationships

  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to be competitive and to achieve.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to end a relationship that isn’t right or healthy for you.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to live free from violence and abuse.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to feel safe and respected
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to have opinions given the same respect and consideration as others'.
  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to refuse requests without having to feel guilty or selfish (NO MEANS NO).

Unhealthy relationship - An imbalance in which physical, sexual, psychological, and/or emotional violence occur. 

It is important to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship because such relationships have the potential to escalate into violence or abuse. Many times, these behaviors are used to gain POWER and CONTROL and can have a negative impact on your health and day to day life.  

  • Dating violence is very common among college students and can happen in ANY relationship.
  • Over one in five college women (22%) report actual physical abuse, sexual abuse or threats of physical violence.
  • More than half (57%) of college students who report having been in an abusive dating relationship said it occurred in college.

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Get More Information

Building healthy romantic relationships in college - This link is specific to romantic relationships and contains information on building healthy relationships, resolving conflict and coping with outside pressures. 

EKU Counseling Center - To help you work through personal concerns and learn new strategies to cope with life. 

Love is respect - For a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients.

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