connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support


RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.

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More information on each service is available via the links or the list of services on the left-hand side of this page.

Child and Family Services

A range of services to support children, young people and their families.

  • Child and family counselling
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • i-Connect: A Family Mental Health Support Service for children and young people in East Gippsland
  • I like, like you: A healthy intimate relationships program for schools
  • early matters: Promoting and strengthening healthy family relationships
  • connectEDspace: a website dedicated to young people experiencing difficult and tricky times
  • Relationship education: a variety of relationship education courses run in small groups

Counselling

We offer counselling for relationships in all their aspects.

  • Child, Parent and Family Counselling
  • Men's Counselling
  • Women's Counselling
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Senior Relationship Counselling
  • Pre-Marriage and Commitment Program
  • Bushfire Counselling and Support
  • Single Session Consultations
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Video Counselling
  • Online (typing-based) Counselling

Disability Counselling and Support

Free and confidential support for people who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and those affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

Family Dispute Resolution

Also known as mediation, this service is provided to assist couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes, including conflicts over child care, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement. Parenting plans or agreements may be made in the FDR process. We also offer child-inclusive and enhanced child-focused FDR which recognise the importance of focusing on the needs of children during and after separation.

Family Relationship Centres

We provide 4 of the 15 Family Relationship Centres in Victoria. These centres are an initiative of the Australian Government, and offer a range of services and programs, which are aimed at families at all stages of their life.

Family Violence Prevention, Support and Recovery Services

We provide sensitive, supportive and professional family violence services across Victoria. We offer a range of counselling and dispute resolution services, group programs and referral options.

Forced Adoption Support Service

A specialist support service for people affected by forced adoption.

Mental Health Services

We address mental health at all stages, with preventative and early intervention mental health services, as well as support for families experiencing mental health difficulties. We are proud to support children, young people and families in the Gippsland region through our headspace services in Bairnsdale, Sale, and Wonthaggi, and our i-Connect family mental health support service.

Men and Family Relationships

We offer a range of family and relationship services for men including counselling, men's groups, FDR, assistance on relationship and parenting matters and education courses on relationship issues and personal growth.

Multicultural Programs

We understand that traditional family structures are diverse and we believe in strengthening families and supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to have positive, safe and respectful relationships. Our staff endeavour to work with members of diverse communities to provide information and assistance on a whole range of family issues.

Open Place - Support Service for Forgotten Australians

Free support for people who grew up in institutional care prior to 1990, also known as Pre-1990 Care Leavers. 

Post Separation Parenting

We offer group work and post-separation courses.

Professional Training

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), RAV provides quality higher education, vocational training and professional development in a range of areas relating to relationship counselling, FDR, mediation and relationship education.

Redress Support Services

Relationships Australia Victoria has been funded to provide support to people contemplating or going through the National Redress Scheme. Redress Support Services are available for people who have experienced sexual abuse as children (under the age of 18 years) in institutional contexts before the commencement of the Redress Scheme on 1 July 2018.

Senior Relationship Services

Counselling and mediation services and group programs to support couples and families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.

Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

We work closely with Aboriginal organisations and community groups to deliver services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Workplace Support Services and Employee Assistance Programs

We provide professional Workplace Support Services to maintain and improve the health, functioning and productivity of employees and workplaces.