In a healthy relationship, people feel loved, respected, trusted and safe – even when times are tough.

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It's not OK for a person in an intimate relationship to control or frighten their partner. Partner abuse can happen in dating relationships as well as long-term relationships. Ex-partners can also be abusive even though the relationship has ended. Abusive behaviour by a partner can also affect people's employment.

Partner violence has damaging and far-reaching effects on the victim. If you are worried about someone, don’t be afraid to ask if they need help.

Partners, family and friends can request Police to advise if a person has a history of family violence. See more at this link:

Note though that as most family violence goes unreported, not having a police record is no guarantee that someone has not been abusive in the past.

If you are concerned about violence, there are lots of people who can help or offer advice: