Polyamorous relationships are romantic relationships involving more than one person. There are several things people involved in a polyamorous relationship can do to ensure that the people involved in the relationships don’t get hurt. These things include having people be an observer, having someone with an outside opinion, and making sure you have an ally somewhere.
- The data from my 20-year study of polyamorous families with children emphasize the protective features of poly relationships.
- In families with multiple adults, children who are being abused have access to people in whom they can confide.
- In addition to an external perspective and help defending against abuse, multiple partners can provide extensive emotional, practical, and financial support for people seeking to alter or leave abusive situations.
“Some of my respondents in my 20-year study of polyamorous families with children reported that having multiple partners interrupted a cycle of abuse they had been experiencing prior to forming a poly relationship.”