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.


Men's behaviour change programs

A program for men wanting to end their use of violence in their relationship

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?

An MBCP is for men wanting to end their use of violence in their relationships.

The program is designed to help men to stop hurting the people they love most, and in the process become better partners and better fathers.

What is family violence?

Family violence describes any type of abusive behaviour used by one person to gain power and control over another. It physically and emotionally harms the person who experiences the violence, as well as the person using violence.

Family violence takes many forms, including:

  • physical abuse (punching and kicking) 
  • verbal abuse (shouting and screaming) 
  • psychological abuse (mind games, manipulation) 
  • emotional abuse (putting people down, ‘silent treatment’) 
  • financial abuse (controlling access to money) 
  • social abuse (controlling who family members can socialise with)
  • spiritual abuse (controlling religious beliefs). 

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 you become calmer and show you how to relate to your family in healthy and positive ways.

Getting started

To get started, contact your nearest centre to arrange a time for an assessment, where you’ll meet with a program facilitator for a one-to-one interview. The facilitator will talk with you about what has been happening in your family, tell you more about the program and help you identify which behaviours you want to change.

Program staff will make contact with your partner, ex-partner or immediate family members to offer support and any assistance they might want. We do this because people exposed to family violence also need support.

You can read our MBCP brochure for more details.