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Respectful relationships

Respect is about valuing people, including people who are different. When you have respect for someone, you feel positive about them and admire or appreciate their actions or behaviour. You can also treat anyone with respect regardless of how you feel about them. This is when you regard someone with consideration and treat them in the way you like to be treated.

Everyone has the right to feel safe, to be treated with fairness, to be valued and feel accepted for who they are.

Respectful relationships are important because they:

  • contribute to your growth, maturity and sense of self-confidence
  • promote healthy self-expression and awareness of yourself and others
  • enable you to feel accepted, positive and free to be yourself.

Respectful relationships also help you feel:

  • safe
  • encouraged
  • trusted
  • comfortable
  • that you matter
  • okay to be honest and open
  • listened to
  • equal and treated fairly
  • valued
  • understood
  • accepted.

Find out more about building respectful relationships and healthy family relationships.

Where to get help

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