Love Like This

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I have been doing domestic violence work for a long time. Over the years, I have come across lists of the “red flags” or “warning signs” of abuse many times. These lists are helpful for sure. But you know what I’ve rarely come across? A list of what to do in relationships. I’ve seen definitions of healthy relationships, and even some concrete tips for how to get there, but not a whole lot. It got me thinking that we have spent so much time figuring out what an abusive relationship looks like and explaining that to folks, that we rarely take the time to talk about how to have a good relationship.

Healthy and fun relationships don’t just fall out of the sky (wouldn’t it be great if they did!), you have to work at it. So we’ve created something that we hope will help us share how to Love Like This (not like this). We’ll do that by illustrating some typical situations that occur in relationships and giving examples of how to deal with them in a healthy, loving, and respectful way, as opposed to an abusive, controlling, or coercive way. And bonus: it’s filled with cute illustrations of cats—true story.

Check out our Love Like This series and share with us how you are doing with your healthy relationship skills.

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12 thoughts on “Love Like This”

  1. How great is this!? We are big fans of yours and are so excited about the work we are all doing to promote healthy relationships and leave the abusive ones in the dust! Thanks Vermont Network – we heart you!

  2. I came to the same conclusion a few years ago. In my Healthy Relationship classes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities we focus on being in healthy relationships first. When we get to abuse, it’s defined as that thing that happens in Unhealthy relationships. The workbook is at
    http://www.arc-spokane.org under the Partnership 4 Safety program.
    Glad to see that I am headed in a good direction.

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