What is an Unhealthy Relationship? - SECCA National Sexuality and Your Rights

What is an Unhealthy Relationship?

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Some relationships are not healthy and can be harmful to people.

It is important to get help if you are in an unhealthy relationship.

Some things that happen in unhealthy relationships are:

Taking people’s

financial abuse

Hurting people with
mean words or yelling.


Not helping someone
get the care they need.

no help

Physical abuse.

physical hurt

Stalking or harassment may be:


Making threats of harm to
another person, themselves or animals.


Doing sexual things to someone when they do not give .


Making sexual comments towards someone when they
are not wanted.

sexual harrassment

Controlling where a person can go, who they can see and what they can do.


Doing things to make someone stay in a relationship when they want to end the relationship.

gift giving


damage property

someone to
make them


Unhealthy relationships can include not having equal power or say in decisions about your relationship or life together.

no say

If you want to talk to someone about an unhealthy relationship you can call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service (1800RESPECT) 1800 737 732 or the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1800 880 052.

Who can be in an Unhealthy Relationship?

Unhealthy relationships can be in families, with friends, at work, where you live, or with partners.

You might have an unhealthy relationship with someone else.

People around you can be in unhealthy relationships with other people. It can be hard to know if relationships are healthy or unhealthy.

Speak with someone you trust if you are worried about behaviours in one of your relationships or the relationships of people around you.

sexual partner

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Page last updated: April 26, 2023

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