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.



RAV has over 70 years’ experience providing family and relationship support services across Melbourne and Victoria, with more than 300 employees across 18 locations. The bulk of our funding is from the Australian Government, with additional funding received from state and local government grants and client fees. Many services are provided free or at a modest charge, depending on the client's ability to pay.

In 2019/20, RAV provided services to over 22,600 clients across the state, including individuals, couples, families, workplaces and communities.

Our client centres at Ballarat, Boronia, Cranbourne, Cranbourne North, Greensborough, Kew, Shepparton, Sunshine and Traralgon provide the more traditional counselling and relationship support services. Each centre offers a wide range of additional services to many diverse groups and has helped to build the capacity of their respective communities, including the CALD and Indigenous communities. We also provide telephone counselling by appointment on a dedicated 1800 number.

RAV is also a significant provider of family relationship services through the Australian Government-funded Family Relationship Centres (FRCs). We are the lead agency at the Berwick, Greensborough, Melbourne and Sunshine FRCs, and a consortium partner at the Broadmeadows, Ballarat, Geelong and Ringwood centres.

Structurally, RAV is part of a national federation of Relationships Australia organisations, which while being independent of each other, share the common objective of supporting people to achieve positive and respectful relationships.

RAV takes part in a number of national initiatives, including the biennial qualitative national research report on the state of Australia's relationships, the Australian Relationships Indicators Survey.
RAV also participates in Relationships Australia's national online surveys. Visit the Relationships Australia National website for more information.

Expert commentary

RAV has a number of experts available to comment to the media on a wide range of relationship issues and trends, such as:

  • relationship building
  • relationship mending
  • family relationships
  • coping with separation
  • parenting
  • mediation
  • grandparenting
  • children
  • family violence
  • workplace relationships
  • gambling addiction
  • grief
  • anger management
  • communications
  • preparing for marriage
  • impact of social media on relationships
  • work/life balance
  • bullying
  • life transition
  • impact of child sexual abuse.

Media contact

RAV has a communications and marketing team to help with any media enquiries. Contact: Manager Communications and Marketing on (03) 8573 2222.
Email: RAV Media

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