Sometimes the negatives outweigh the benefits and it may be better to end a relationship, sometimes you know this is the right thing to do and the time has come to do it, but other times you might be having doubts about your relationship and it can be a good idea to talk to your partner. Talking and listening may help you to both understand your feelings better. You may also find it helpful to talk to a close friend or family member who you trust.
If you decide you want to break up with someone, think about how you would like to be treated. Would you like to be told face to face, call or text? Try to be honest and tell the person gently, without being hurtful. If you’re worried your partner may get angry when you tell them, think about how you can stay safe. Maybe take someone with you or call them.
If you are ever frightened of your partner, or worried your partner is controlling (they might tell you who you can be friends with or they might control how you spend your money) then it’s really important to get help. These types of behaviour count as abuse, and usually gets worse over time.[clear-line]
These British Sign Language health clips were made by SignHealth with help and information from Brook. They also kindly supplied the pictures. If you need more information or advice, visit www.brook.org.uk
To watch more videos about relationships, visit the Relationships page on our website. If you are worried about your own relationship, please visit DeafHope.