IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program

Relationship Rights

No one ever said that relationships are easy. They tend to be complicated and messy and hard work. Those relationships that are built on equality and respect are the healthiest, and will last the longest.

This is what you should expect in a healthy relationship:

  • The right to express your feelings and have them acknowledged as real.
  • The right to good will from the other.
  • The right to express your opinions and beliefs, to be 
  • heard by the other, and to be responded to with courtesy.
  • The right to have your own view, even if your partner has a different view.
  • The right to emotional support.
  • The right to say “yes” or “no” for yourself and the right to change your mind.
  • The right to be illogical in making decisions.
  • The right to say, “I don’t understand” and to get clear and informative answers to 
  • questions that concern what is legitimately your business.
  • The right to receive a sincere apology for any jokes you find offensive.
  • The right to be yourself without having to act for other people’s benefit.
  • The right to decline responsibility for other people’s problems.
  • The right to live free from accusation and blame.
  • The right to live free from criticism and judgment.
  • The right to make reasonable requests of others.
  • The right to have your work and your interests spoken of with respect.
  • The right to set your own priorities.
  • The right to live free from emotional and physical threats.
  • The right to live free from angry outbursts and rage.
  • The right to be called by no name that devalues you.
  • The right to be respectfully asked rather than ordered.
  • The right to be imperfect, make mistakes, and feel comfortable about admitting to them.
  • The right to encouragement.
  • The right to have privacy.
  • The right to take pride in my body and define attractiveness in my own terms.
  • The right to recognize my needs as important.