Relationships that work

Sometimes it’s difficult to know how you’re supposed to act in relationships.

There’s a great booklet and website created by young women. The site is all about relationships and is called ‘Love: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'.

DVRCV's booklet, Relationships, contains a ‘Respect Checklist’ which outlines your rights in a good relationship. It says:

Someone respects you when they accept that you have a right to do and say what you want. If someone treats you with respect...

You feel free to:

  • say no to the things you don't want to do

  • express your opinions and beliefs

  • see other friends and family when you want

  • change your mind

  • end the relationship if you want to  (1 DVRCV)


The site also contains a list of signs that things are working (a good relationship) and signs that things aren't working (a bad relationship).

1. Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. 'Relationships: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' booklet. DVRCV, p.4.