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 the largest provider of men's behaviour change programs (MBCPs) and family safety contact services in Victoria.

We are committed to stopping family violence in our community, and provide a range of family violence services and programs, including MBCPs. 

What is a men's behaviour change program?

A men’s behaviour change program is a program for men wanting to end their use of controlling and abusive behaviours (including violent incidents) and other problematic behaviour in their relationships.

The program is designed to help men to address hurting the people they love most, develop an improved sense of self, and in the process become better partners and fathers.

What is family violence?

Family violence, or domestic violence, is a pattern of behaviour where one person tries to dominate and control the other. It can include a range of behaviours, including:

  • physical abuse (hitting, punching, using weapons to frighten, threatening to do harm, harming pets)
  • verbal abuse (harassing, threatening, saying things to frighten, calling insulting names)
  • sexual abuse (forcing someone to have sex when they don’t want to, or engage in behaviours they are not comfortable with)
  • social abuse (controlling who family members socialise and/or associate with)
  • financial abuse (controlling access to money)
  • emotional abuse (withdrawing support, ‘silent treatment’, expressing extreme jealousy)
  • stalking (spying on or following family members including through the use of electronic means)
  • spiritual abuse (controlling the religious beliefs and/or cultural practices of family members).

If you’re not sure whether what’s happening in your family is family violence, you can call us to arrange an assessment, talk about what’s been happening and find out more about how we can help.

More information on each type of abuse is available here.

Is it time for change?

In your relationship with your partner (or former partner) and your children, are you...

  • Acting like the boss or like you’re in charge?
  • Doing or saying things you later feel bad about?
  • Trying to control everything?
  • Lashing out - with words or your fists?
  • Making your partner, former partner or kids scared of you?
  • Struggling to make your relationships work?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time for change.

If you’re ready to take responsibility for the way you’ve been acting, an MBCP can help show you how to relate to your family in healthy and positive ways.

Getting started

To get started, call your nearest centre to make a time to attend an information session.

At the information session, you will receive information about the program and be able to determine whether it’s right for you.

You can then arrange an assessment session, where you’ll meet privately with a facilitator to talk about what has been happening in your family and relationships, and begin to identify goals related to behaviours you want to change.

Family safety is an important aspect of the program, so our staff will also make contact with your family members to offer them support and assistance they might need. We do this because people exposed to family violence need support.

You can read our MBCP brochure for more details.