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.



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Counselling and Support

Relationships Australia Victoria
5:05pm Friday, 29 November 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing funding to provide a free and independent service to support people affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Commission).

This Commission, which was announced in April 2019, is investigating the mistreatment of people with disability in Australia. Its role is to examine all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and the places where these things occur, such as in homes, services or in the community. The Commission will also consider what can be done to stop these things happening, including how to make it easier to report a problem, and have it investigated and resolved.

Our new Counselling and Support - For People Affected by the Disability Royal Commission will provide:

  • Information about the Commission;
  • Support in deciding whether to make a submission, and how;
  • Counselling support;
  • Information around the impacts of trauma, and skills and strategies to manage these;
  • Information and help to access other services if required; and
  • Access to interpreting and cultural translation services, if needed, to use our service.

The service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and was announced in a media release from the Department of Social Services on 29 November 2019. The media release is available on the Department’s website at

The service will commence on Monday 9 December 2019, with more information available here.

The service will be accessible through a dedicated phone number and email address:

Update: This service is now operational. Visit our service page for more infomration.

Information on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is available on the Royal Commission website. Visit

Relationships Australia Victoria is one of the two organisations in Victoria providing a Counselling and Support Service for People Affected by the Royal Commission. drummond street services is the other organisation.

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