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.


In partnership with Berry Street Victoria through Open Place, RAV delivers support for Forgotten Australians; people who grew up in institutionalised care in Victoria prior to 1989.

With funding from the Victorian Government, we provide counselling for care survivors and their family members. We recognise the complexity of issues faced by survivors and their family members, including trauma, mental and physical illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and educational and family relationship difficulties. Child sexual assault is often reported. While trauma-focused, we provide services to Forgotten Australians with a focus on recovery, offering a place for Forgotten Australians to be heard, respected and “walked with” on their journey.

On 16 November 2009, the then Prime Minister of Australia, Hon Kevin Rudd, issued a formal statement of acknowledgement and apology, on behalf of the nation, to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants concerning the abuse and neglect suffered by many children in institutional or other out-of-home care during the last century across Australia.