You can try to prevent intimate partner violence by building safe, healthy relationships. Make sure your partner trusts you and encourages your relationships with family and friends. You should share in decision making about finances and other important issues and your partner should respectfully listen to your opinions. Conflicts should be resolved without name calling, threats or violence. Select a partner who is trustworthy and someone you and your children feel safe around. No one is perfect, so your partner should accept responsibility for his or her own mistakes, behavior, thoughts, or feelings and offer sincere apologies and demonstrate change accordingly.