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.



This eNewsletter is an occasional publication that aims to keep you in touch with some of the interesting initiatives Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is undertaking to further broaden our reach and offering to the Victorian community.

In this edition we highlight:

- the final results of our survey on the impact of social media and technology on relationships
- the unveiling of a community mosaic mural to celebrate Harmony Day
- the expansion of our workplace services program
- the evaluation of a family violence program for Vietnamese speaking men
- a special exhibition in Shepparton featuring stories by women affected by family violence.

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 Social media use impacts families and relationships

Our recent survey on social media and technology has shown that issues relating to their use are cropping up more often in family and relationship counselling sessions.

And although social media is largely seen as a positive development (as indicated by 63% of community respondents), it is also causing relationship problems largely around privacy, time demands and communication.


 Harmony Day at Traralgon

Harmony Day took on a special significance this year at Traralgon when a wonderful mosaic mural produced by members of the Gippsland community was unveiled at RAV's Traralgon Centre.

The mural has been installed on the Centre's outside wall, providing a visual representation of belonging for passers-by and clients who attend the Centre.

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 Structured programs can reduce family violence

A successful Vietnamese-speaking men and family violence group run in Melbourne's northwest region in 2011 could pave the way for future programs that address the needs of culturally-diverse communities.

RAV's Sunshine Centre ran the program with a grant from the Legal Services Board Grants Program.

Read the evaluation report »

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 Hear my Heart

The Shepparton Centre ran an innovative project, Hear my Heart, for women who have experienced family violence at some time in their life.

The project culminated in a very moving exhibition of photographs and words at the SheppARTon festival throughout March.

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