Relationships naturally grow and change over time. In healthy relationships, those involved feel listened to, safe, supported, and respected no matter the season of your relationship.  

Feeling safe and respected, both emotionally and physically, in a relationship is an important part of a healthy relationship. You and your partner should feel safe to voice your thoughts and opinions without the fear of being manipulated or intimidated. Feeling physically safe in your own or shared space is vital to maintaining a good, healthy relationship.

Common Characteristics of Healthy Relationships include:

  • Communication
  • Honesty and trust
  • Mutual support
  • Boundaries
  • Safety and respect

What are some ways you can promote and strengthen these characteristics in your relationships? There are many Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs that can help you and your partner establish and maintain a good relationship.

  • Promote open communication by paying attention to your partner’s verbal and nonverbal skills, including listening and understanding what they are talking about. Also, be willing to be open in your own communication and talking about what you need, want, concerns you might have, or anything else you feel your partner needs to know. Marine Corps Family Team Building’s (MCFTB) Say What workshop can help with your communication skills.
  • Build honesty and trust where you and your partner feel comfortable being honest about what your needs or wants are while trusting that your partner will listen to what you have to say. Programs like Community Counseling and reaching out to your Chaplain can help ensure you’ve got a safe space to talk with your partner about the big issues.
  • Setting and respecting boundaries is another way to grow healthy relationships. What do you need from your partner? Ask for it while respecting the boundaries your partner has put in place. If you or your partner do not listen or forget about a boundary, remind each other. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) if you’re in need of a little extra support in setting boundaries.

Don’t let your relationship take an unhealthy turn. If you or your partner has experienced sexual assault prior to your relationship or sexual assault during your relationship, you can reach out to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) or Family Advocacy Program (FAP). These programs can help by providing support and services or finding the correct support and services you or your partner need.