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 violence is destructive behaviour in an intimate relationship where one person tries to dominate and control the other.

Family violence is also sometimes referred to as domestic violence and can include a range of behaviours, including those below.

Physical abuse

  • Hitting, punching, pulling by the hair, choking, pinching, pushing, stabbing or restraining you in any way (physical injuries are often directed at parts of the body that other people will not see).
  • Using weapons to frighten you or causing damage to property.
  • Not letting you sleep, eat, or take your medication.

Verbal abuse

  • Harassing or threatening you.
  • Saying things to frighten you, for example, telling you that the children will live with them if you leave.
  • Calling you insulting names.
  • Undermining you as a parent in front of the children.

Sexual abuse

  • Forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to or making you engage in sexual practices you are not comfortable with.
  • Making you wear clothes you are not comfortable with.

Emotional abuse

  • Withdrawing from you and not giving you support.
  • Controlling you through anger or not speaking to you.
  • Expressing extreme jealousy.
  • Not letting you use the phone or transport.
  • Not giving you an opportunity to choose for yourself.
  • Threatening to harm your pets.

Social abuse

  • Putting you down in front of others.
  • Lying to others about you.
  • Isolating you from those people who do support you.
  • Not letting you visit a doctor on your own.
  • Controlling your life; not letting you have a life outside the home.

Financial abuse

  • Controlling the money so you are dependent on them.
  • Forcing you to sign for loans you might not agree with.
  • Questioning you about every purchase you make.

Spiritual abuse

  • Not letting you practise your own religion.
  • Forcing you to follow a religion you don’t want to.


  • Making constant phone calls and sending text messages, emails, faxes, letters or unwanted gifts to you.
  • Loitering near your home or workplace.
  • Spying on you or following you, including through the use of electonic means.

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.