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What Is Family Violence?

Family Violence

Family violence is a pattern of aggressive behaviors between members of a family. It can occur in close relationships, and between parents and children. Anyone can be affected by family violence, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, religion, cultural background, wealth, or status. 

#BETTERWAY believes that we all have a part to play to end family violence. 

What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships?

Relationships can exist on a spectrum from healthy to abusive, with unhealthy relationships somewhere in between. In healthy relationships, there is trust, respected boundaries, effective communication, healthy conflict resolution, and self care.

Both people in the relationship decide what is healthy for them and what is not.


Trust looks differently in every relationship. Trust is defined as being able to rely on and have confidence in someone. It is important that everyone in a relationship is able to feel safe, emotionally and physically. Trust is a choice and is built together by both partners.

Setting and respecting boundaries

Healthy relationships rely on both partners knowing each other’s wants, goals, fears, and limits. Both parties should feel comfortable honestly communicating their needs and talking about boundaries with their partner. When discussing boundaries, it is important to include emotional, physical, and digital boundaries.

Fair and kind communication

Partners can discuss problems and come to an agreement. It’s important to listen and make the other person feel heard and understood. 

Conflict resolution skills

Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. The key is not to avoid conflict but to learn how to resolve it in a healthy way. When conflict is handled in a respectful and positive way, it can provide an opportunity to strengthen the bond between people.

Mindfulness/check your emotions

Life is filled with different stressors and it is important that you take time to check how you are feeling. The last thing we want to do is to take out our frustration or stress on someone we love and care about. This is related to the final talking point, self care.


To be in a healthy relationship with another individual, we need to have a healthy relationship with ourselves. Take time for yourself and your own interests. Remember to do what makes you the happiest.

Adapted from LoveIsRespect.org

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Do you need help?

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline to talk to a trained domestic violence advocate.

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Support is free, open 24/7, confidential, and available in multiple languages. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may use TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Call 911

Call 911 if it is an emergency and you or someone you know needs immediate help. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency, call 911.