Renovate your Relationship: A manual for men updated and available now



‘Renovate Your Relationship: A Manual for Men’ Updated and Available Now

Renovate your Relationship is a booklet about men maintaining their relationships and is designed to get men to think about the practical side of relationship maintenance and how to do it. Men sometimes overlook problems in their relationships and may only notice warning signs when it is too late. This resource has been created and updated by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) and MensLine Australia to help men identify the cracks forming in their connections before the foundations fall and to empower them to act and reduce the severity of these cracks.

RAV has over 70 years’ experience providing family and relationship support services across Melbourne and Victoria and is committed to inclusivity, providing safe, inclusive and accessible services for all people.

RAV CEO Dr Andrew Bickerdike says, “This manual has always been one of our most popular resources. Working with their partners, men are increasingly taking responsibility for the quality and nurturance of their intimate relationships. This updated edition provides practical guidance for men who aspire to safe, fulfilling, and equal partnerships with their loved ones.”

MensLine Australia is delivered by On the Line, a professional social health organisation that delivers outsourced telephone and digital counselling solutions. Samantha Fredericks, CEO at On the Line says, “The Renovate your Relationship manual offers men the tools to recognise early warning signs and communicate with their partner to create stronger foundations for the future. MensLine is pleased to be working with Relationships Australia Victoria on this important project.”

Dom Alford, Support for Fathers Project Coordinator at RAV, played a key role in updating this booklet and says of the relaunch, “This is a great resource to help men figure out what’s working well and what’s not in their relationships by using the tools they already have and giving them some new ones”.

There are 13 project tools in this booklet which men can refer to when they feel their relationships may need some attention:

  • Working together
  • Avoiding misunderstandings
  • Sharpen your tools
  • Resolving conflict
  • When the roof blows off! Dealing with anger and frustration
  • Who has the power? Abuse and violence
  • Self-maintenance
  • Renovate your sex life
  • Love
  • Valuing differences
  • Appreciation
  • When trust breaks down
  • Children – planning for the extension.

Each tool comes with key points and checklists of things to consider and do, expressed in plain and practical language. Quotes from men who have had relationship troubles, and have worked on these areas, are also scattered throughout the booklet.

To purchase a hard copy of Renovate your Relationship: A manual for men, contact Relationships Australia Victoria on (03) 8573 2222 or visit to download the PDF free of charge.

For media enquiries or further information, contact:

Danielle Kamien, Manager Communications and Marketing at Relationships Australia Victoria


Ph: 0421 510 242



About On the Line

On the Line is a professional social health organisation that delivers outsourced telephone and digital counselling solutions on behalf of our funders. We specialise in supporting client groups along the mental health continuum: from those who are high risk and have complex mental and social health needs to the worried well, through to integrated physical, mental and social wellbeing.

With over 60 years’ experience delivering mental health services to the community via government, corporate and community funding, On the Line provides some of Australia’s most vital and trusted services including MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service and SuicideLine Victoria.

MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78

Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

SuicideLine Victoria – 1300 651 251