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New 'relationship matters' website launches to help families

Published Monday, 11 May 2020

A new website is being launched to offer families information, tips and help on how to maintain positive relationships during stressful times like the current coronavirus emergency.

Whether couples are together or separated, disagreements are completely normal. But evidence shows that regular conflict has a big impact on children.

All relationships have tricky moments it is how they’re experienced and resolved that matters especially at the moment for getting us through enforced self- isolation, lock down and social distancing.  We are all spending longer periods of time with our loved ones and this is bound to bring about some added challenges. Whether couples are together or separated the way they communicate can impact on their relationship and their children.

Relationship Matters can help everyone recognise the sign such as:

  • arguing, rows, shouting all the time about things like, money, how you parent, housework
  • being worried about splitting up
  • sulking, silent treatment, slamming doors or walking away from each other
  • being anxious or worried which gets in the way of managing everyday life
  • not being able to say sorry after an argument and move on
  • using hurtful texts, emails or Facebook against each other

The website can give everyone tips, information and help to stay calm, work out what needs to happen and signpost in order to get some help.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

Relationships can come under pressure at any time and, at the moment, many families are facing a lot of additional stress. That is why the support and advice on the new Relationship Matters website is so important.

Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise the distinction between parental conflict and domestic abuse. The Relationship Matters focus is on relationships where things are ‘Mostly respectful, equal, cooperative but experiencing difficulties’. If there are any concerns around controlling or coercive behaviour, violence or fear, families should seek advice from their local domestic violence services. Or telelephone: 101 or if you are in immediate danger telephone: 999.