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.


Family Safety Model: for working with those affected by family violence

We know how important it is to provide integrated, cohesive family violence services. With this knowledge, we have developed a Family Safety Model for working with our clients who are affected by family violence.

The model uses a whole-of-family approach to working with and providing services and support to all family members who are affected by the violence, including children. That is, we work with those who use violence, and those who experience it.

Our Family Safety Model has been implemented with our men’s behaviour change programs. It is now being piloted with our family dispute resolution (FDR) services, to support those families impacted by family violence and complex issues who would otherwise not be able to participate in dispute resolution.

In practice, this means that we allocate a specialist family safety practitioner to all clients in these programs who are assessed as being affected by family violence. This practitioner proactively prioritises the safety of the partners, former partners, children and family members of these clients by providing key safety elements. These include:

  • a safety, risk and needs assessment for all family members, including an assessment of previous legal interventions and the history of breaches of court orders.
  • identification of when additional support is needed and warm referrals to relevant other support services, including housing, mental health, drug and alcohol, and legal support services
  • provision of coordinated services to all members of the family, as required
  • warm referrals to RAV services
  • warm referrals to external organisations when required, to support clients to transition between services without ‘falling through the gaps’.

As part of the model, we provide a range of services to support those affected by family violence including counselling, family dispute resolution and group programs that focus on parenting and parent-child relationships.

The key principle of our model is the belief that when people are affected by family violence it is safer to provide, coordinate and track our work for not only the person using violence but for all family members. This may be undertaken together or separately, but it is always systemic.

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For crisis support

If you are in immediate danger, call Victoria Police on 000. For women's crisis support, call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. For men’s telephone and online support, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491. For more information on our family violence services, please contact your nearest centre.