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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Booklets

Booklets

You can download these booklets for free in PDF format below. You can purchase hard copies of these booklets via the Relationships Australia National website or via the individual booklet links below. 

To view a one-page list of our available booklets and the links to download them, click here.

 

Women and separation - managing new horizons

This booklet was compiled by counselling and mediation staff at Relationships Australia Victoria who are experienced in working with women who are dealing with separation, in partnership with beyondblue. The authors also gathered input from women who have been through separation themselves and various organisations and service providers within the sector.

The booklet covers topics such as:

  • separation and women's experiences
  • looking after yourself
  • children and separation
  • relating to your former partner
  • making formal arrangements
  • the future
  • research about women and separation
  • where to get further assistance
  • suggested reading.

Download the Women and separation booklet.
Printed copies are available to order online.
 

Men and separation - navigating the future

This booklet has been compiled by counselling staff from RAV and MenLine Australia, with the assistance of beyondblue. The authors have extensive experience in working with men who are dealing with separation. The booklet contains testimonials from men who have been through separation themselves and from other workers in the field.

The vulnerability of many men who are going through separation and the risk they pose to themselves or others is well recognised. We are well aware of the escalating conflict that occurs between separating couples and the resulting emotional and financial cost to families. This booklet aims to highlight the decisions men face when going through separation and the options they have. While acknowledging the emotional and psychological difficulties of separation, the booklet encourages men to consider their choices, think about the consequences and act in a reasonable and responsible manner, even when their situation may appear very unreasonable.

This edition of the booklet also highlights the risks that separating men, at such a time of great vulnerability, may experience symptoms of depression. Men in these circumstances may find it difficult to cope on their own, may find it hard to do normal activities and to function day-to-day. The booklet explains the signs of depression to be aware of and provides advice about appropriate help and treatment.

This booklet covers topics such as:

  • separation and mens' experiences
  • looking after yourself
  • fathers and children
  • relating to your former partner
  • getting a settlement
  • the future
  • research about men and separation
  • where to get further assistance.

Download the Men and separation booklet
Printed copies are available to order online.

 

 Safe from violence - a guide for women following separation

Every day, Relationships Australia works with women who are living through the experience of family violence. While family violence can happen in many different family relationships, it is overwhelmingly women and children who experience violence, and men who use it. This booklet will help you to understand family violence in relationships and give you information that may be helpful when thinking about whether to stay, or how to leave an abusive relationship.

  • what family violence is
  • identifying if are you experiencing family violence
  • different kinds of family violence
  • the effect of family violence on women
  • children’s responses to family violence
  • choosing to speak up about family violence
  • the separation process and help available along the way
  • Domestic or Family Violence Orders
  • developing a safety plan
  • safety and technology
  • safe parenting after separation
  • moving forward
  • where to get further assistance.

Download Safe from violence - a guide for women following separation.
Printed copies are available to order online.

 

A fair share - negotiating your property settlement

This booklet was produced by the Relationships Australia National Family Dispute Resolution Network, in conjunction with Bill Field and Susie Winter.  It provides information in relation to finalising arrangements for property after separation.  The booklet is suitable for couples who have been married or living as a de facto couple, whether for many years of just a few months.

Please note that this guide gives general information about the law and does not replace the need to seek appropriate legal or financial advice.

  • when separation happens
  • family dispute resolution and your property agreement
  • finalising your property agreement
  • alternatives to family dispute resolution
  • the tools.

Download A fair share.  
Printed copies are available to order online.

 

Share the care - Parenting Plan - Collaborative parenting apart

The Parenting Plan booklet is designed to help separating parents draw up a written agreement covering practical issues of parental responsibility in such areas as:

  • communication
  • parenting style
  • living arrangements
  • finances
  • religion
  • education
  • health care
  • emotional well-being.

Download Share the Care Parenting Plan.
Printed copies are available to order online.

 

 

What about the children? - parenting information booklet

There are a range of issues that parents need to be aware during the separation process, such as:

  • coping with the break-up
  • issues to discuss with the other parent
  • explaining the separation to the children
  • what to expect with children of different ages
  • what can you do to help children of different ages
  • ground rules for parenting successfully after separation
  • issues of safety
  • 10 mistakes separated/divorced parents make.

Download What about the children?
Printed copies are available to order online.

 

Partners - a guide

This booklet is full of useful advice for those couples seeking to build a successful relationship.

It covers topics such as:

 

  • expectations that come with starting a new relationship
  • what makes a fulfilling adult relationship
  • how to find out what your partner's relationship and life needs are
  • the sort of issues that need to be discussed in intimate relationships
  • making time to talk about how the relationship is going
  • how can I encourage my partner to communicate more openly?
  • making the effort
  • the importance of good communication
  • ways to improve relationships
  • recognising early warning signs of relationship problems.

Download Partners - A guide.
Printed copies are available to order online.


 

Why am I going to Relationships Australia? 

This booklet is a useful resource to help children understand why they are coming in for family dispute resolution. Using images and child-friendly text, it helps children understand what mediation is and how it can help.

Download Why am I going to Relationships Australia? 

 

Migrant Men and separation - choices in tough times (available in English, Vietnamese and Arabic)

This booklet has been compiled by counselling staff from Relationships Australia Victoria and Mensline Australia who have extensive experience in working with migrant men who are dealing with separation. The authors also gathered input from men who have been through separation themselves and other workers in the field.

The vulnerability of many men who are going through separation and the risk they pose to themselves or others is well recognised. We are well aware of the escalating conflict that occurs between separating couples and the resulting emotional and financial cost to families. This booklet aims to highlight the decisions men face when going through separation and the options they have. While acknowledging the emotional and psycho-logical difficulties of separation, the booklet encourages men to consider their choices, think about the consequences and act in a reasonable and responsible manner, even when their situation may appear very unreasonable. 

This booklet covers topics such as:

  • separation and migrant men's experience
  • looking after yourself
  • looking after your children
  • relating to your former partner
  • getting a settlement
  • the future
  • statistics about men and separation
  • where to get further assistance.

Download Migrant men and separation - English.

Download Migrant men and separation - Arabic.

Download Migrant men and separation - Vietnamese.
You can purchase hard copies of these booklets via the Relationships Australia National website.

his booklet is full of useful advice for those couples seeking to build a successful relationship.
It covers topics such as:
expectations that come with starting a new relationship
what makes a fulfilling adult relationship
how to find out what your partner's relationship and life needs are
the sort of issues that need to be discussed in intimate relationships
making time to talk about how the relationship is going
how can I encourage my partner to communicate more openly?
making the effort
the importance of good communication
ways to improve relationships
recognising early warning signs of relationship problems.