Teen Relationships

Strive for Healthy Relationships

Relationships can be defined as friendships, parents, guardians, or relationships with a significant other. Everyone should feel comfortable in their relationship with another person.

teen relationships power and control wheel
teen power and control wheel for relationships
Teen Power and Control Wheel

We use this diagram to educate victims and community members of the tactics used by an abuser in teen relationships.

This power wheel is produced and distributed by National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

What is a healthy relationship?

  • Comfortable Pace
    • Do things when you are both comfortable.
  • Trust
    • Keep your promises.
  • Honesty
  • Independence
  • Respect
    • Consider the other persons feelings, needs, thoughts, ideas, and wishes.
    • Listen to them, be truthful with them, and accept your differences.
  • Love
    • Sex DOES NOT equal love.
    • You know they are not perfect, but that doesn’t matter. You like their imperfections.
  • Equality
  • Kindness
  • Take Responsibility
  • Comfortable Pace
    • Do things when you are both comfortable.
  • Have Fun
  • Communicate
    • Listen to your partner.
    • Talk one at a time.
    • If you do not want to do something, express that to them and respect their decision.
    • Do not jump to conclusions or assume things.
  • Set Boundaries
    • Make sure that everyone is comfortable with what is happening in the relationship.
    • You do not need to spend time together all the time and only be with each other. You have the right to hangout and be friends with other people.