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.


Reclaim Support Services

Reclaim is a dedicated support service for adults surviving child sexual abuse in organisational settings. The Australian Government funds the program to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Relationships Australia Victoria, through Reclaim Support Services, was funded to provide free, comprehensive support for survivors of child sexual abuse and others who engaged in or were affected by the Royal Commission process. With the work of the Royal Commission concluding in December 2017, the funding for the Reclaim service is also concluding.

The Reclaim program will continue to operate until 31 December 2018. From 1st January 2019 new Redress Support Services will be funded as part of the National Redress Scheme. Information on the National Redress Scheme can be found at the Department of Social Services website. Relationships Australia Victoria will continue to support survivors and their families through our existing range of services.

Royal Commission Final Report

The Final Report and other publications from the Royal Commission are available to download from here. Content warning: Please be aware that many of these documents contain information and personal accounts of child sexual abuse which may be upsetting or triggering.

What help can we provide?

  • Specialist counselling and support for individuals, couples and family members.
  • Information and advice about the Royal Commission process.
  • Support in preparing to attend Royal Commission private sessions, including statement preparation.
  • Debriefing and support after attendance at Royal Commission private sessions.
  • Support for you at Royal Commission private sessions, when and where requested.

Who is eligible? 

  • Individuals surviving child sexual abuse in organisational settings, their partners and family members.
  • Individuals and other family members affected through their engagement with the Royal Commission.
  • Employees of agencies where abuse occurred, affected through their engagement with the Royal Commission, including those who want to make disclosures about institutional responses.

How do I get support through Reclaim?

Call our dedicated number - 1800 052 674. You can make an appointment or get more information about the service. You can also email us. We will talk with you about your situation and what support you need, then refer you to the right specialist practitioner in a location that best suits you, who will provide you with ongoing support.

  • View our Reclaim Support Services brochure here

Relationships Australia Victoria continues to provide support to adults surviving childhood abuse in family settings through our existing services. For more information, please call 1300 364 277. 

Statements and media releases

  • Submission: Relationships Australia Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 & related bill: 2 February 2018
  • Statement: Response to the Conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 21 December 2017
  • Submission: RAV Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Issues Paper 10 - Advocacy & Support &Therapeutic Treatment Services: 30 November 2015
  • Media Release:: Reclaim Support Services: supporting survivors of child sexual abuse 25 May 2015

Original announcement of Reclaim service

Relationship Australia Victoria (RAV) is one of 28 community-based organisations funded by the Australian Government to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Under the banner Reclaim support services, RAV provides free comprehensive support for survivors of child sexual abuse and others who engage in or are affected by the Royal Commission process.  

RAV has extensive experience and expertise in providing therapeutic services in response to trauma and the impact of childhood abuse on individuals and their adult relationships. This has enabled us to partner with Berry Street Victoria in delivering the Forgotten Australians program for people who grew up in institutionalised care in Victoria prior to 1989.

Funded by the Victorian Government, RAV provides counselling for care survivors and their family members. The majority of cases feature complex trauma, with child sexual assault reported in a significant percentage.   

We have experienced an increase in demand for services from adult clients affected by childhood sexual abuse, most likely resulting from the commencement of the Victorian Government’s Parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and non-government organisations.

We regularly receive referrals from specialised sexual assault services. Trauma associated with child abuse is increasingly disclosed as an underlying cause of relational or parenting difficulties, with help often sought by the survivor’s partner.  

It is an underlying issue for a significant proportion of clients attending our specialist programs, such as gambling support, men’s behaviour change groups, men and family relationships program, and family violence prevention.

Our practitioners have the professional qualifications and experience required to support clients with complex trauma. In addition, we support them with training and professional development to build on and consolidate their skills in trauma work.

Our frontline reception staff also have experience in understanding and responding to presentations of trauma when people contact us for help.

RAV will provide a suite of interventions tailored to meet the needs of clients in the context of the ongoing work of the Royal Commission.