You have rights within your relationship so that you remain happy and healthy as a couple, and as an individual. No one deserves abuse, so know your rights!
You have a right in a relationship to:
- Be treated as an equal in the relationship
- To be interacted with in a respectful and loving way
- To have constructive, healthy conflict with your partner
- To share your thoughts, feelings, and values without worrying about how your partner will respond
- To suggest fun things to do together and to refuse suggested activities that don’t appeal to you
- To advocate for yourself when you feel like your partner’s language or expressions are unfair, unhelpful, or hurtful to you
- To state your opinions and have them be heard and held respectfully by your partner
- To refuse physical touch by your partner at any time, for any reason
- To have your emotional boundaries respected and valued by your partner
- To have a life (friends, hobbies, activities, etc.) outside of your relationship
- To leave the relationship
- To have the privacy of your social media accounts, cell phone, and emails respected
Remember that you have a right to all of these things in a healthy relationship. Keep in mind that these are also your relationship responsibilities to your partner as well! Relationships need the effort of all parties to stay healthy!