Even if you are “hooking up,” your partner should not be disrespectful or controlling.
You should be able to communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences or abuse.
There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.
Maybe you have a child with somebody but do not consider yourself to be in a dating relationship with that person.
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!