Healthy relationships

If you are in a relationship with someone you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. You shouldn't be made to feel:
  • Ignored
  • Excluded
  • Blamed
  • Humiliated
  • Ashamed 
Also, you shouldn’t be:
  • Hit, slapped or punched
  • Punished
  • Neglected
  • Forced to take part in sexual activities in person or through the internet or mobile devices
  • Forced to hand over your money or have someone restrict your access to it
  • Not allowed to go anywhere or do anything without someone’s permission or them coming with you
  • Not allowed to wear certain clothes or speak to a particular person

If you recognise any of these feelings or behaviours then you may be in an abusive relationship.

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship - you shouldn't feel guilty, scared or ashamed. It isn’t your fault.

If you’re worried or want to chat to someone in confidence, you can call NEST on 0300 111 0323 or text 'NEST' and your mobile number to 60777.

More information

To find out more about domestic abuse, its types and the additional services available in Lancashire, visit


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