Dating is usually the first step in forming long lasting partnerships. How we pick a partner, treat a partner, and allow ourselves to be treated by a partner are all important aspects of all relationships.
WHAT IS SAFE DATING?
Safe dating relationships will have the following characteristics:
Both partners respect each other and their opinions
Both partners support and encourage the other’s goals and ambitions
Both partners encourage the other to have their own friends
Both partners communicate openly and honestly
Both partners accept the differences between them.
In a healthy dating relationship, one partner would never ask another to do something they were uncomfortable with, or that could damage their reputation, such as sexting, cybering, or making sex a relationship must. If you are not sure about your relationship or you want to make sure that you know what a healthy relationship looks like, you can download and work on the safe dating worksheets below.
*If you find warning signs or fear that you are in an unsafe dating relationship, contact an older person for help or contact Serenity's 24-hour hotline by calling (870)424-SAFE (7233).