Relationships naturally grow and change over time. In healthy relationships, those involved feel listened to, safe, supported, and respected no matter the season of your relationship.
Feeling safe and respected, both emotionally and physically, in a relationship is an important part of a healthy relationship. You and your partner should feel safe to voice your thoughts and opinions without the fear of being manipulated or intimidated. Feeling physically safe in your own or shared space is vital to maintaining a good, healthy relationship.
Common Characteristics of Healthy Relationships include:
What are some ways you can promote and strengthen these characteristics in your relationships? There are many Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs that can help you and your partner establish and maintain a good relationship.
Don’t let your relationship take an unhealthy turn. If you or your partner has experienced sexual assault prior to your relationship or sexual assault during your relationship, you can reach out to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) or Family Advocacy Program (FAP). These programs can help by providing support and services or finding the correct support and services you or your partner need.
This month, SAPR released a set of comic strips addressing different aspects of consent (featured below the article). Check out these talking points to learn more about consent and why Marines and the general public needs to be aware of its tenets.
The challenges of a military lifestyle can place many demands on Marines and their families, and sometimes the expectations we create in our marriage or life just are not met.
Physical and sexual abuse are the most common forms of dating violence; however, digital abuse is also recognized as a form of dating violence.