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.


We're committed to safely supporting people throughout the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We are continuing to provide many of our services via telephone, video and online appointments, however face-to-face services are currently unavailable during the circuit breaker lockdown starting at 11:59pm on 27 May. For more information, view our COVID-19 response page, or contact your nearest centre directly.


One of the fundamental values we hold is that everyone has the right to feel safe and free from abuse and violence in their relationships.

Family violence is not only about physical assault but refers to an array of power and control which may include direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, property damage, social isolation and behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

Family violence affects people from all walks of life. While family violence can happen in many different family relationships, it is overwhelmingly women and children who experience violence, and men who use it. 

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer (LGBTIQ) can also experience violence and abuse, including include sexual assault, family violence, controlling behaviour and particular types of violence based on sexuality, gender or identity.

While family violence can happen in many different
family relationships, it is overwhelmingly women and children who experience
violence, and men who use it. 

We also know that conflict in some families includes verbal and physical abuse from adolescent or adult children. It can be very difficult for parents to recognise when their adolescent is behaving violently. If parents or other family members feel scared, intimidated, manipulated or are physically hurt, this is abusive and violent behaviour. 

Other groups of people can also experience violence, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the elderly and people with disabilities. 

At Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), we work to support all people who use or are affected by all types of family violence. 

What is family violence?

Family violence is a pattern of behaviour where one person tries to dominate and control the other. Family violence can include a range of behaviours, including physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, social, financial and/or spiritual abuse, or stalking.

How can we help you?

At RAV, we understand that it can be difficult to seek assistance. People may feel shame in disclosing that a loved one is causing abuse and hurt. They may fear being blamed for the abuse, not believed or judged by social attitudes to gender roles and sexual orientation.

It is important, however, to seek support, as family violence has significant psychological, emotional and physical impact on those who experience abuse directly and on those who witness the violence. Using our Family Safety Model, we provide services to support users of and those affected by family violence. 

In providing these services, we recognise the gendered-nature of violence in relationships, but also the impact of other experiences including stress, mental ill health, emotional and psychological distress and social disadvantage such as income and housing circumstances. 

How do I get started?

For crisis support

If you are in immediate danger, call Victoria Police on 000. For women's crisis support, call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. For men’s telephone and online support, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.