Safe Relationships

In a safe relationship:

  • Trust is an important element, including partners not doing things to cause harm.
  • Both partners share decision making regarding important aspects of family life.
  • Partners support and believe in each other. When it comes to difficult situations, the couple can count on each other for assistance and sympathy.
  • The relationship supports each person's independent balanced life.
*Text adapted from OneLove website
Unsafe Relationships

In an unsafe relationship, one partner:

  • Unfairly makes the other feel embarrassed about themselves or their loved ones.
  • Limits the other's contact with family or friends.
  • Interferes with the other's success in work or study.
  • Manipulates the other partner's thoughts, actions or decisions to benefit themselves.
*Text adapted from OneLove website
Safety Planning:

A safety plan is a list of things you can do to increase your safety.

Although you do not have control over your partner or ex-partner's actions, you can take some steps to increase you and your loved ones' chances of staying safe. Your safety plan will include the steps that you feel ready and able to take.

Making a safety plan can be overwhelming. You can talk to a friend or someone you trust to help you decide where to start. You can even find a trained counsellor to help you make your safety plan.

Remember you don't have to take many steps at once. You can work on the things that best fit your life and feel most doable to you.

Click on the button below to get some ideas for steps to include in your safety plan.