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Disagreements Normal, But No Excuse For Violence

Disagreements Are Normal, But No Excuse For Violence

With White Ribbon Day approaching, Relationship Services is reminding people that while disagreements are a normal part of a relationship, violence should not be.

“A survey Relationship Services conducted earlier this year showed that most couples in relationships disagree about some issues,” said Jeff Sanders, Chief Executive of Relationship Services. “That’s something many of us in relationships are well aware of.”

“The survey also found that most people were very positive about their relationship, and had found good, effective ways of dealing with disagreements. And the good news was that people get better at dealing with disagreements over time.”

“It’s how we deal with disagreements that is important. People said things like continuing to talk, apologising, and keeping the issue in perspective worked well. It’s about treating each other with respect, even while disagreeing.”

“Sadly, some people still resort to controlling, intimidating behaviour or physical violence in their relationships. There is no excuse for this. Relationship Services works with thousands of people every year who are learning new, non-violent ways to relate to their family. It can be done,” said Mr Sanders.

“We challenge those who may be using intimidation or violence to have the courage to seek help by contacting Relationship Services. We know Stopping Violence programmes and counselling can change peoples lives.”

November 25 is International White Ribbon Day. “White Ribbon Day speaks out against violence, particularly violence towards women,” said Mr Sanders. “Even when we might disagree about something, there is no excuse for violence.”


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