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Dating Relationships

Relationships can be great! But they may not always be, and that’s okay. What matters is that you’re in relationships that are positive for both you and your partner. Healthy relationships are based on equality and respect, and require good communication and trust.

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Unhealthy relationships may include attempts to control the other person, such as one person making most of the decisions. If you feel like you have to spend all of your time with your partner, you may be in an unhealthy relationship.

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Abusive relationships are an imbalance of power. One person makes all of the decisions and the other person feels stuck. This is marked by activities including accusing, blaming, manipulating, isolating, and gaslighting. Dating violence may come in several forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and digital. Physical harm includes hitting, slapping, or throwing items. Sexual violence is forced engagement in sexual acts or unwanted touching. Emotional abuse may include insults, threats, criticism, and humiliation.

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These resources are available:

Be sure to ask if you think you or a friend needs help. If you need help, you can call the Domestic Abuse National Hotline (available 24x7) at 181/09607962969, Women in Governance (Assam) at 6002338692, and One Stop Crisis (available 24x7) at 022-24100511.

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