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Information for instructors

People have many different types of relationships in their lives—with friends, colleagues, family, their partner, neighbours, and even just people they pass on the street. These relationships are all different, and they may change as the people involved change.

Communication is an important part of a relationship. However, even in healthy, happy relationships, people argue and disagree. When communication breaks down, misunderstandings and conflict may begin to arise.

Conflict can be stressful—being able to deal with it is an important part of building healthy relationships. If the people in the relationship do not, or cannot, deal with the conflict, then anger and violence may be the result, with one person trying to control the other. When that happens, the relationship may become a cycle of abuse and violence. When it happens within the family, it affects every member.

Instructors can help learners understand and deal with abuse and violence within relationships by:

  • discussing healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • discussing helpful and destructive communication
  • helping them talk about abuse and its effects
  • helping them identify their own circle of support
  • providing them with sources of information and support for healthy relationships and for abusive situations

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