There is not a one-size-fits-all definition of healthy relationships. It can be difficult to gauge a relationship’s health when there are so many different definitions of what a healthy relationship looks like. If you think you or someone you know may be in an unhealthy relationship, here are some things you should consider.
Recognize the Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship. The below list are some behaviors you may see in an unhealthy relationship.
If you are worried that a friend, family member, or a fellow Marine is in an unhealthy relationship, and you are not sure if abuse is occurring, talk to them. Be sure to approach them in a private setting without interruptions. It is important not to be judgmental. They may be embarrassed by the situation, and you might be the first person they are telling.
Give them the space to share what they want to share with you. Don’t pressure them. Remember, there may be real concerns over their personal safety that should not be taken lightly. If there are concerns over personal safety and it appears that this is an emergency, call law enforcement. If there are no immediate safety concerns, encourage them to reach out to the installation Family Advocacy Program (FAP) to speak to the FAP Advocate.
FAP advocacy services help address immediate safety concerns, develop a safety plan, and provide information regarding reporting options. Restricted and unrestricted are the two different reporting options available for individuals experiencing domestic abuse. Victim advocacy and counseling services are available for both reporting options.
Things to Consider
Remember, domestic violence is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Domestic violence is committing a violent offense or threatening to commit a violent offense against an intimate partner, family members, property, or pets.
Support and Resources
Learn to recognize signs of technology-facilitated abuse during Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
It can, often times, be pretty easy to define a physically unsafe relationship. It is a relationship where one or both partners are hit, pushed, or physically harmed in some way. It becomes more complicated to determine if a relationship is emotionally unsafe.
Navigating a relationship can be tough! When differences arise, don’t be afraid to talk about your concerns. Open communication is key to a healthy relationship.