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.


23 February 2021 - ‘Renovate Your Relationship: A Manual for Men’ Updated and Available Now

Media Release: ‘Renovate Your Relationship: A Manual for Men’ Updated and Available Now

23 February 2021

Renovate your Relationship is a booklet about men maintaining their relationships and is designed to get men to think about the practical side of relationship maintenance and how to do it. Men sometimes overlook problems in their relationships and may only notice warning signs when it is too late. This resource has been created and updated by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and MensLine Australia to help men identify the cracks forming in their connections before the foundations fall and to empower them to act and reduce the severity of these cracks. 

RAV has over 70 years’ experience providing family and relationship support services across Melbourne and Victoria and is committed to inclusivity, providing safe, inclusive and accessible services for all people.

RAV CEO Dr Andrew Bickerdike says, “This manual has always been one of our most popular resources. Working with their partners, men are increasingly taking responsibility for the quality and nurturance of their intimate relationships. This updated edition provides practical guidance for men who aspire to safe, fulfilling, and equal partnerships with their loved ones.”

MensLine Australia is delivered by On the Line, a professional social health organisation that delivers outsourced telephone and digital counselling solutions. Samantha Fredericks, CEO at On the Line says, “The Renovate your Relationship manual offers men the tools to recognise early warning signs and communicate with their partner to create stronger foundations for the future. MensLine is pleased to be working with Relationships Australia Victoria on this important project.”

Dom Alford, Support for Fathers Project Coordinator at RAV, played a key role in updating this booklet and says of the relaunch, “This is a great resource to help men figure out what’s working well and what’s not in their relationships by using the tools they already have and giving them some new ones”.

There are 13 project tools in this booklet which men can refer to when they feel their relationships may need some attention:

  • Working together
  • Avoiding misunderstandings
  • Sharpen your tools
  • Resolving conflict
  • When the roof blows off! Dealing with anger and frustration
  • Who has the power? Abuse and violence
  • Self-maintenance
  • Renovate your sex life
  • Love
  • Valuing differences
  • Appreciation
  • When trust breaks down
  • Children – planning for the extension.

Each tool comes with key points and checklists of things to consider and do, expressed in plain and practical language. Quotes from men who have had relationship troubles, and have worked on these areas, are also scattered throughout the booklet.

To purchase a hard copy of Renovate your Relationship: A manual for men, contact Relationships Australia Victoria on (03) 8573 2222 or download the PDF free of charge.


Media Contact: 
Danielle Kamien, Manager Communications and Marketing
Ph: 0421 510 242