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Preventing Abuse

In many South Asian families it is often taboo to discuss topics such as sexual health, body image, dating, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It is natural for parents and young adults to struggle with these, often new, conversations, but Daya can help.

Education about healthy relationships, self love, and body positivity is the first step in ensuring folks in our community are informed and supported when experiencing abuse or helping other victims.

Relationship Spectrum

 

Everyone deserves a healthy relationship. The relationship spectrum can help you identify unhealthy or abusive patterns in your relationships as well as helping you strengthen and celebrate healthy relationships in your life.  

All Relationships exist on a Spectrum from healthy to abusive, with unhealthy somewhere in the middle.

Healthy
Relationships are based on:

  • Equality

  • Respect

  • Good Communication

  • Trust

  • Honesty

Unhealthy
Relationships are based on:

Abusive
Relationships are based on:

  • Struggles for control

  • Pressure

  • Breakdown in communication

  • Dishonesty

  • Inconsiderate behavior

  • Imbalance of power & control

  • Accusations

  • Blame shifting

  • Manipulation

  • Pressure 

  • Isolation

Red Flags

 

It can be hard to tell if relationships are turning unhealthy. Some behavior may seem inconsequential at first, but can turn a relationship abusive if they go unaddressed.

  • Tracking your movements online or in person 

  • Checking your social media accounts, phone, texts, emails, without your permission or forcing you to share the passwords

  • Unpredictable behavior, outbursts, anger, or mood swings

  • Preventing you from talking to certain people or partaking in activities

  • Controlling what you wear 

  • Physical violence 

  • Forcing sexual activity

  • Being overly jealous or possessive

 

Is your relationship healthy? Take the quiz.

Understanding Consent

Consent is a mutual agreement between partners to engage in sexual activity. Consent is an active and ongoing process where both partners can freely, without fear or coercion,  communicate their desires, limits, and boundaries. Consent allows intimate partners to feel safe, communicate what they want, and how they want to continue forward. Once given, consent is  not implied for anything in the future, and consent for one thing does not mean consent for another activity. 

 

Learn more about consent HERE.


 

Take Action! 

 

Pre-teens, Teens, & Young Adults

Take action by: 

  • Bringing a healthy relationships presentation to your school or community clubs. 

  • Share information about healthy relationships on social media and amplify the messages from Daya and similar organizations. 

  • Share your thoughts, experiences, or lessons about relationships by writing a blog entry to be published on Daya’s website.

  • Email tishya@dayahouston.org to request a copy of Daya’s Healthy Relationships Toolkit.

Parents

As a parent you play an integral part in educating your teenager about healthy relationships. You can schedule a Healthy Relationships 101 training for a parent’s group or PTA. Email tishya@dayahouston.org to learn more about the training and request a copy of Daya’s Healthy Relationships Toolkit for parents.

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