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.


Please note: we are committed to supporting Victorians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are continuing to deliver a range of services via telephone, videoconferencing and online; including counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and family violence services; however face-to-face services are currently unavailable. For more information, click here or contact your nearest centre.

More information on each service is available via the links or the list of services on the left hand side of this page.

Child and Family Services

A range of services to support children, young people and their families.

  • Child and family counselling.
  • Family Dispute Resolution.
  • i-Connect: A Family Mental Health Support Service for children and young people in East Gippsland.
  • I like, like you: A healthy intimate relationships program for schools.
  • early matters: Promoting and strengthening healthy family relationships.
  • connectEDspace: a website dedicated to young people experiencing difficult and tricky times.
  • Relationship education: a variety of relationship education courses run in small groups.


We offer counselling for relationships in all their aspects.

  • Child and family counselling.
  • Men's counselling: a variety of services and approaches to help men explore and review their lives.
  • Prepare: Pre-marriage and commitment program to help you prepare for your future lives together.
  • Relationship counselling.
  • Telephone relationship counselling: if you are unable to attend one of our centres.
  • Women's counselling: a variety of services and approaches to help women explore and review their lives.
  • Forgotten Australians counselling: counselling for care survivors and their family members.
  • Online counselling

Disability Royal Commission Counselling and Support

Free and confidential support for people affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

Also known as mediation, this service is provided to assist couples who are separating to resolve their family law disputes, including conflicts over child care, child support, financial arrangements and property settlement. Parenting plans or agreements may be made in the FDR process. We also offer child-inclusive and enhanced child-focused FDR which recognise the importance of focusing on the needs of children during and after separation.

Family Relationship Centres

We provide 4 of the 15 Family Relationship Centres in Victoria. These centres an initiative of the Australian Government, and offer a range of services and programs, which are aimed at families at all stages of their life.

Family violence prevention, support and recovery services

We provide sensitive, supportive and professional family violence services across Victoria. We offer a range of counselling and dispute resolution services, group programs and referral options.

Forced Adoption Support Service

A specialist support service for people affected by forced adoption.

Men and family relationships

We offer a range of family and relationship services for men including counselling, men's groups, FDR, assistance on relationship and parenting matters and education courses on relationship issues and personal growth.

Multicultural programs

We believe in strengthening families and providing services that cater to community needs. We understand that traditional family structures are diverse. Our staff endeavour to work with members of diverse communities to provide information and assistance on a whole range of family issues.

Post-separation parenting

We offer group work and post-separation courses.

Professional Training

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), RAV provides quality higher education, vocational training and professional development in a range of areas relating to relationship counselling, FDR, mediation and relationship education.

Redress Support Services

Relationships Australia Victoria has been funded to provide support to people contemplating or going through the National Redress Scheme. Redress Support Services are available for people who have experienced sexual abuse as children (under the age of 18 years) in institutional contexts before the commencement of the Redress Scheme on 1 July 2018.

Senior Relationship Services

Counselling and mediation services and group programs to support couples and families who need help negotiating the often complex issues related to aging.

Workplace Support Services

We provide a suite of professional Workplace Support Services that are designed to maintain and improve the health, functioning and productivity of employees and workplaces.