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.


The experience of separation and divorce is very complicated and most people find it difficult and stressful. There are many angles to consider - legal and financial arrangements being a big feature - but none is more important than what it all means for the children and the best ways of helping them to adjust. Some couples manage to separate without external help, but most require information, support and assistance at various levels.

The 'best interests of the children' is the guiding principle of the Family Court. If separating couples wish to avoid the long and costly court process they can use the alternative of Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), formerly called family mediation or divorce mediation. In FDR, the situation of the children is central and the couple are encouraged and supported through the decision-making process to make the most appropriate arrangements. Situations where there has been abuse and violence require careful assessment before proceeding, as safety becomes the main factor.

Apart from FDR, Relationships Australia Victoria can also provide assistance through ordinary counselling sessions in which our counsellors can support parents deal with any emotional conflicts arising from separation.

As well, we offer group work and post separation parenting courses (including some for court-mandated clients). Individual mums and dads come together with others in similar situations to share their experiences and learn skills to help them work with their new realities. Skills in shared parenting and management of conflict are strong features of the group work.

Search for Post Separation Parenting Courses in our list of upcoming Relationship Skills courses.

If you have a background in law, psychology, social work or dispute resolution and you are interested in a career in the expanding FDR field, view our Professional Training.


Our booklets can be very helpful as a starting point in this process. They have been developed to provide accessible and useful information and emotional support for those entering this period of complex considerations about the best ways forward.

Download these booklets free:

Parenting Plans

A Parenting Plan is a resource to help separating parents work out arrangements for the care of their children. The checklist of questions will help you fill out the Parenting Plan.

This brochure explains the value of consulting your children during the family dispute resolution process.