Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) is right around the corner! Throughout the month of February, teens and organizations across the country will be working together to raise awareness about teen dating violence. At loveisrespect, we know it’s a serious issue; after all, we speak to thousands of teens and young adults every month about their relationship concerns and questions.
When most people think of “equality” they think of a 50/50 split, or everything being exactly the same for everyone. While equality can be defined like this, in a relationship it’s often a little more complicated. Relationships ebb and flow as people’s needs, interests, and desires change over time - or even daily!
Equality can mean different things to different partners. What matters is how you and your partner define it for your relationship. It’s important to communicate regularly about the balance in your relationship, especially if one of you is unhappy or uncomfortable.
This post was written by Mikaela, a loveisrespect advocate.
A healthy relationship starts with mutual respect, and that includes respecting each other’s emotional and physical boundaries. We’ve talked a little bit about setting your own boundaries, but it’s equally important to think about how to respect your partner’s boundaries. Whether you’re thinking about asking someone out, in the middle of a dating relationship, or dealing with a break-up, respecting the other person’s boundaries is essential.