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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Positive, safe and respectful relationships are important because they’re fundamental to health and wellbeing.

All relationships can have both unhelpful and helpful moments, but the key is to have more good times than tricky times. It’s important though to know that there’s a difference between unhelpful moments and unsafe moments in relationships. At the end of the day, you should always feel safe in your relationship.

Signs of a healthy relationship

  • Equality, where both people in the relationship feel like they can talk about their experiences or speak their minds without feeling worried, scared or criticised. There is a sense of fairness about how decisions get made and compromises are even.
  • Mutual respect for who the other person is. You don’t have to agree on everything, but you understand and respect each other’s values, opinions and boundaries.
  • Trust in one another.
  • Good communication, involving both talking and listening, and listening and talking. That is, you each get an opportunity to talk and be heard.
  • Separate identities. You can each be yourself, while being together.
  • Support for each other in pursuing individual passions and interests.

Changing your relationship

If you feel that there are more unhealthy than healthy moments in your relationship, it’s important to know that this can change if both people are willing to try, and it’s safe to do so.

  • Discuss how you’re feeling with your partner.
  • Make a commitment to change what’s happening.
  • Try to make those changes within your relationship.
  • If you feel you need more support, seek further help, such as from a counsellor.

About Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV)

RAV is a valued provider of specialist family and relationship services. A community-based, not-for-profit organisation with no religious affiliations, our services are for all members of the community, regardless of their religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.

Our vision is for positive, safe and respectful relationships for couples, families, schools, workplaces and communities.

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