Get Involved 

If you’d like to help us help victims of crime, there are lots of ways that you can get involved with VSS. 

Training and Events


Employment opportunities




Student Placements

Training & events

Eight-week facilitated support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse

The Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN)  runs eight-week groups, 2hrs a week (6pm to 8pm), for men who were sexually assaulted as young boys or adolescents. Any male who was sexually assaulted during his childhood can contact SAMSN about joining one of their groups.

Two groups will be held at VSS in Adelaide in 2017

  • 23 May to 11 July (Tue)
  • 17 Oct to 05 Dec (Tue)

Register your interest here

Request a trainer or guest speaker

If you are organising a training or community event and would like a speaker to present on issues affecting victims of crime, look no further. Call the Victim Helpline on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) to speak to our Training team or complete the form below. External Training Request Form

Please fill out the form below to request training from Victim Support Service and someone will be in contact with you.

* Required.


Volunteers help out in all areas of our organisation. They offer their skills, their time and their experience to help to us carry out the work that we do to help victims of crime. As well as providing direct support to crime victims, our skilled volunteers contribute to our research, help to run our campaigns and events, raise funds, and provide administrative support at our offices. 

Volunteer roles

Court Companions

Many victims feel nervous about having to go to court to give evidence — that’s where our Court Companions can assist. These volunteers are specially trained to provide practical support and information to victims of crime who have to attend court.

Court Companions support victims of crime by:

  • helping the victim understand the court process
  • organising access to a safe waiting area, where the victim can wait before they give evidence
  • going to court with the victim and being there for them before, during and after they give evidence

Office Support Volunteers

Like any organisation, there’s quite a bit of administration involved back at the office.

Office Support Volunteers generally help with front desk duties such as directing phone calls, making visitors to our offices feel welcome, and helping out our paid staff with day-to-day duties. 

Resource Centre Volunteers

Our Resource Centre is home to one of Australia’s largest collections of resources for victims of crime and the professionals who support them. 

Check out the Resource Centre’s online catalogue or sign up today to become a member of our Borrower’s Club – it’s FREE!

Resource Centre Volunteers help our Librarian with the day-to-day duties of running a library, such as cataloguing and responding to enquiries from victims of crime and professionals.

Research Volunteers

Our research supports the work we do to help victims of crime.

Research Volunteers use their research skills and experience to help with our research projects. 

Public Speaker Volunteers

At VSS, we’re always looking for people who can help promote the work we do to community groups and other organisations. Public Speaker Volunteers get comprehensive training about the work we do, our history, and our current policy priorities. If you’re a confident public speaker, passionate about the wellbeing of victims of crime and would like to donate your time, we would love to hear from you. 

Other volunteering opportunities

If you have expertise in other areas such as IT, media, marketing, or advocacy and would like to donate your time to helping victims of crime, we would love to hear from you later in 2017. 

Want to know more?

If you’re interested in volunteering with us and you’d like to know more, please take a few moments to check out our Volunteering FAQ or contact 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846)

Want to apply?

If you wish to apply to be a volunteer, you can download and print out the form below and return it to  

Volunteer Application Form [pdf format]

Volunteer Application Form [online form]



Volunteering FAQ

Who can volunteer?

You must be 18 years or older to be a VSS volunteer. Not all volunteer roles require qualifications or previous experience, but you do need to be willing to donate your time to help victims of crime. 

How do I apply?

Applying is easy — simply register your interest by completing a volunteer application form. 

What happens next? 

Once you’ve sent us your application form, our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview you will be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.

Do I need to submit a police check?

Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer, you will need to get a police check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about police checks and how to apply for one here.

Do I have to pay for a police check?

No. Police checks for volunteers who work with vulnerable groups such as children, the aged or people with a disability are provided free of charge by South Australia Police to organisations that have a Volunteer Organisation Authorisation Number (VOAN).  If your application to volunteer for us is successful, we will issue you with our VOAN.

Do I need to submit a Working with Children check?

Yes, if you are accepted as a volunteer who is working with children (some volunteers do not), you will need to get a working with children check before you start volunteering with us. Find out more about working with children checks and how to apply for one here.

I have a Working with Children Check. Do I still need to submit a police check? 

A police check refers to a National Police Certificate.  These are only available from South Australia Police and provide a national summary of an individual's offender history. 

Even if you have a Working with Children Check, you will still need to submit a police check to become a VSS volunteer. 

To apply for a National Police Certificate (NPC) download the application form from the SA Police website.

Will I get training?

Yes, our volunteers are highly and constantly trained to provide practical support to people who have experienced a range of crimes. You’ll receive introductory and ongoing training to support you in the volunteering role that you have chosen. 

What if I have more questions?

If you’d like more information about volunteering with us, call our Volunteer Coordinator on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846). We look forward to hearing from you.

If you wish to apply to be a volunteer, you can download and print out the form below and return to  


Volunteer Application Form


Volunteer Application Form


Please attach

  • A CV or resume which includes two written references or referee names and telephone numbers to support your application.
  • An outline of your idea/project proposal (if relevant)
  • A current Police and DCSI certificate (if you have one)
* Required.

Employment opportunities

Counsellor - Victims of Crime

  • 2 Adelaide based positions

  • Full-time (will consider 0.8 FTE) 

  • 1 substantive position
  • 1 contract position until 30.6.2019

We are looking for suitably qualified and experienced trauma counsellors to join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Duties: provide trauma counselling, information, advocacy and redress support to victims of crime and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Please find the full job ad here

Please find the full position desciption here



When you become a member of VSS, you support the important work we do to help victims of crime. You also become part of a growing community of like-minded people who want to create positive change for victims of crime and our community.

Benefits of membership

As well as the satisfaction you’ll get helping victims of crime, you’ll also get all of these benefits when you join us:

  • a copy of the Victim’s Voice sent to you every quarter
  • the right to stand for election to the VSS Board of Management
  • the right to vote for VSS Board Members at our Annual General Meeting

Join or renew your membership

Simply fill out this form to join us or renew your membership. Membership join/renew form

Need help with becoming a member or renewing your membership? 

If you would like assistance to become a member or renew your membership, please call our Victim Helpline on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846). 

Become a member of VSS or renew your membership with us to remain part of one of South Australia’s largest organisations helping victims of crime on their journey to recovery.

Become a member by completing the form below.

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We accept credit card payment through Paypal. This will take you to secure SSL Paypal website where your payment will be processed.

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We offer a wide range of other sponsorship opportunities and levels of commitment that provide a high degree of visibility for your organisation. Our Business Development team will work with you to create a customised sponsorship package that meets your specific needs. 

For more information, call the VSS Helpdesk on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or email

Alliances & Partnerships

We’ve been helping victims of crime for almost 40 years. We’ve long recognised the importance of creating lasting partnerships with organisations that share our vision. Our alliances extend across the public, private and community sectors. Our alliances are often supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are an integral part of our success in creating positive change for victims of crime in South Australia.

How to become an alliance partner

If you’d like to become an alliance partner and help create positive change for victims of crime in South Australia, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us on 1800 VICTIM (1800 842846) or email us at

Student placements

At VSS we offer unique placement opportunities to university students. You’ll get to learn new skills and find out how we help victims of crime.  

Student placement areas

  • Clinical 
  • Research
  • GDLP

Student Placement FAQ

Am I eligible for a student placement?

To be eligible, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • you are studying law, criminal justice, social sciences or health sciences at Flinders University, the University of South Australia, or the University of Adelaide
  • your placement must be completed as a requirement of a course or topic that you’re enrolled in
  • your placement must be approved by both the university and VSS
  • you’ll be asked to submit examples of your academic work
  • you will need to get a police check. 

What type of students are VSS looking for?

We want students who: 

  • share our vision of a South Australia where all victims of crime get the expert support they need
  • are enthusiastic about learning opportunities
  • can communicate effectively
  • can demonstrate well-developed writing skills
  • can work as a team member
  • welcome feedback, and learn from it.

Will I get training?

Absolutely, and it starts right at the beginning of your placement with our VSS Induction Program. You’ll learn about the services we provide to victims of crime, our history and policy priorities, and the roles of VSS paid staff and volunteers. You’ll also get Occupational Health, Welfare and Safety training. 

In addition, you’ll get extra training which will vary, depending on what you’re studying and what area of VSS you’re doing your placement in. For example, if you’re a social work or psychology student, you’ll get ongoing training from your supervisor to support you in your contact with clients during appointments.  

How do I apply?

Simply register your interest by completing an expression of interest form. 

Do I need to provide any supporting documentation?

Yes, you will need to provide: 

  • a current transcript from your university
  • two examples of graded papers that you have written (maximum 2000 words per paper)

You can lodge these documents online when you complete the expression of interest form. 

What happens after I apply? 

Our Training and Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you within 5 working days. If you’re accepted for an interview, you’ll be invited to your local VSS office where the selection process begins.

Do I need to get a police check?

Not straight away. You don’t need to submit a police check when you lodge an expression of interest form. But if your application and interview is successful and you’re offered a placement, you will need to get a police check to us before you can start your placement. 

Will I be paid by VSS for the work I do during my placement?

No, you will not be paid by VSS for the work you do during the placement. 

I’ve got more questions. Can I talk to someone at VSS?

Yes, we’re always happy to hear from keen students, so if you have extra questions about placement opportunities, please contact us. Call the Victim Helpline on 1800VICTIM (1800 842 846) and ask for our Volunteer Coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you.

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