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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We are continuing to safely support people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Download the information on this page as a word document: Disability Counselling and Support – Information for Professionals [DOCX 39KB]


Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is offering mid-term counselling and support to people in Victoria with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Support is also available to any Victorian who is affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission).

The Disability Royal Commission is investigating the mistreatment of people with disability in Australia. It will run for three years from 2019 to 2022.

Who is this information for?

This information is for professionals and service providers working with people with disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and support workers.

What is a disability?

A ‘disability’ refers to a restriction or impairment which may be physical, sensory, cognitive or psycho-social. To access our service, people can self-identify as having disability. Disability in this context also includes people impacted by mental health issues.

Services

Our service offers:

  • psychological and emotional support for people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • a safe and confidential space for clients to debrief their experiences
  • information around the impacts of trauma, and skills and strategies to manage these impacts
  • help to access other services such as legal, advocacy, financial, housing, and physical and mental health support, including through warm referrals
  • information about the Disability Royal Commission
  • support in deciding whether and how to make a submission
  • collaboration with other Disability Royal Commission support services.

Eligibility

  • Victorians with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Anyone in Victoria who feels impacted by the Disability Royal Commission, including people with disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and/or support workers.

Cost

This service is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and provided at no cost to clients.

Service delivery

RAV is committed to supporting Victorians during the COVID-19 crisis. We are continuing to deliver our services through telephone and video appointments; however face-to-face services are currently unavailable. For more information, click here.

Number of sessions

Each client can access six to 10 counselling sessions. This can be reviewed at the conclusion of the sessions and followed with a further six to 10 sessions, if required.

Referrals

A referral is not needed to access the service; however, we welcome warm referrals from other services and professionals where this will support clients.

Contact us

For more information, or to refer someone to the service, contact us.

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.

Download the information on this page as a word document: Disability Counselling and Support – Information for Professionals [DOCX 39KB]