Healthy Relationships

Forms of Abuse Wheel

Equality Wheel

What IS a healthy relationship?

A healthy, loving relationship means that you:

  • Trust one another
  • Respect each other's opinions, friends, family and belongings
  • Are able to be yourself
  • Support one another's goals, values and interests
  • Encourage each other to do and be your best

For more information, visit Neighbours, Friends and Families

Everyone deserves to be loved, valued, and to feel safe and secure in their relationships.

What IS NOT a healthy relationship?

An unhealthy relationship involves:

  • One person trying to exert power and control over another
  • Physical, emotional, verbal, financial or sexual abuse 
  • The use of fear or intimidation to control how someone talks, acts and thinks both now and in the future
  • Isolation/exclusion from family and friends

Always remember these three key messages:

  1. It is not your fault
  2. You are not alone
  3. There is  help

Abuse is never okay and no one ever deserves to be abused.

Abuse may start or get worse in pregnancy

You and your baby deserve to be safe.

If you are in need of assistance because you are in an abusive situation, please check Where to Go for Help in Waterloo Region for contact information of local programs and services that can help.