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.



Our research projects help us understand current issues and improve our service delivery.

Research is an important area of work for RAV as it highlights issues, service gaps, areas for improvement and good practice. Our research projects help us to understand current issues and improve our service delivery.

ARC research projects

RAV is or has been involved in major projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), reaffirming our commitment to research to better inform our clinical practice and service delivery.

The long term benefits of counselling and group courses

RAV has completed a three-year research project with La Trobe University to investigate the long-term benefits of couple counselling and our Good Connecting relationship education course. In addition to producing better outcomes for our clients, this significant study will have national and international impact upon the practice of couple counselling and relationshp education.

Family violence and the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) process

Again in partnership with La Trobe, RAV is undertaking a major longitudinal study into the impact of family violence on the FDR process and outcomes. The study aims to:

  • map profiles of clients seeking family mediation
  • determine whether family violence history is identified by mediators and how this influences processes and outcome decisions
  • examine changes in a range of indices across the pre-mediation, post-mediation and six month follow-up period, and the impact of the mediation process and mediation decisions on these indicators.

Diversity in Australian life

Work is under way on a major study titled: Work, Love and Play in Diverse Australian Family Life with Relationships Australia National, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and The Bouverie Centre.

The five-year study is examining same-sex parenting and children's outcomes. It is expected to provide a broad and in-depth examination of a variety of factors that can impact on child outcomes: how parents balance their working commitments and domestic arrangements; characteristics and quality of the parents' relationship and how they parent together; and the family's social, financial and practical resources and social networks.

Fathering, family and domestic violence and intervention challenges

RAV is one of 23 government and non-government organisations taking part in this four-year research project, led by the University of Melbourne and also involving researchers from the universities of South Australia and Western Australia. The project's ultimate aim is to improve the parenting experience of children whose fathers have used domestic and family violence.

Dads and kids

RAV has partnered with primary schools, kindergartens and maternal and child health centres to run programs for fathers and children called Fathers Utilising Networks for Kids (FUN for Kids). These programs allowed fathers to examine their parenting styles, establish networks, have more effective communication with their kids, share with other dads and have fun. FUN for Kids is not currently being run.

The Potter Foundation funded an independent evaluation of the program by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). The final report indicates some very positive outcomes for dads, partners, children and communities.

Relationships Indicators Survey: 2011 results

Every two to three years, Relationships Australia (National office) surveys the population to find out what are the main issues and concerns that Australians have in their relationships today.

Click here for a copy of the 2011 survey, undertaken in partnership with Credit Union Australia and conducted by Woolcott Research across Australia.