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Kodiak Chooses Respect!
For more than ten years, KWRCC, our partner organizations, and our community have taken time in March to declare that Kodiak Chooses Respect. Although we have not been able to gather and march together during this pandemic era, our message and our goal remain the same. We all want Kodiak to be a community where people are treated with respect, where domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, teen dating violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault are not tolerated, and where everyone knows how to help if they suspect someone is not safe. We want Kodiak to be a community full of hope, where people who experience these forms of violence know how to get support and where we all do our part to prevent violence from happening in the future.

To reach that goal, this year KWRCC has partnered with Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) and Kodiak High School to implement the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, teaching students how to respond when they are concerned for someone’s safety. KWRCC has also partnered with KANA to provide Mental Health First Aid classes, teaching our community how to support someone going through a mental health or substance use challenge. Most importantly, KWRCC works hard to provide safe shelter and advocacy services to all victims and survivors of interpersonal violence in our community.

There are so many ways you can help Kodiak Choose Respect.

Follow KWRCC on social media or contact us to learn more. 
Ellamy Tiller
KWRCC Outreach Coordinator
How to Build Respect in a Relationship
By Sarah Sheppard | Published on October 25, 2021
 Medically reviewed by Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS

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Respect is a vital component of a healthy relationship. Partners may argue and disagree, but they should still maintain respect for one another. When someone disregards or belittles their partner’s feelings, interests, opinions, or beliefs, then the relationship will suffer as a result.

Early in your relationship, you should have an honest conversation about respect and what it means to you and your partner. Beyond the basic levels of respect, you may have different definitions of what it means and what respectful behavior looks like. 

Establishing the Foundation for Respect
Leaving dirty dishes on the table for your partner to clean up, failing to say “thank you,” or making a big career decision without consulting your partner is often viewed as disrespectful. Instances like these can vary depending on the couple. This is why it’s important to talk about these situations early on in a relationship. 
Consider the following questions:
  • What does respect mean to you? Your partner?
  • If you have different definitions, how will you manage this?
  • What are your boundaries? What are your partner’s?
  • Do you feel comfortable opening up to your partner about your feelings?
  • Do you trust your partner? Discuss what trust looks like on a daily basis.
  • What are clear signs of respect and disrespect? Discuss specific examples.
  • What happens if a partner is disrespectful? How will you handle this?
  • What behavior is considered non-negotiable? 

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