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Respectful relationships

Respect is about valuing people, including people who are different. When you have respect for someone, it means you can accept them for who they are and vice versa.

Conflict is a part of life and relationships – you won’t always agree with someone else. But you can still be respectful of them and learn skills to continue a healthy relationship with them even when you do disagree.

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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