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Project overview

Many autistic people experience violence and abuse within close relationships. However, there is currently little understanding about what we can do to a) prevent this from happening, and b) provide better support for autistic people who have been abused.

Illustration of a hand holding a green flag

This resource was developed as part of a project funded by the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network, which examined how autistic adults understand and recover from intimate partner violence. We interviewed autistic adults about their experiences, and how we could improve service provision and outcomes for autistic victim-survivors. During this process many of them told us how much they wished that there had been more information on what healthy relationships look like, including how to spot red (and amber/green) flags.

Based on the information shared in the interviews, our team (which includes both autistic people, and people who have experienced intimate partner violence) created this guide to help other autistic people to navigate relationships and recognise the signs of both healthy and unhealthy relationships. We also worked with Sunderland People First to create an easy-read version

Download the guide here:  An Autistic Guide to Healthy Relationships

Download the easy-read guide here: An easy-read Autistic Guide to Healthy Relationships


We would love to hear your feedback on this guide. Tell us about your experience here:  Feedback Survey

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