Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC)
The SMRC is a recognized centre of expertise that provides support services or facilitates access to support services for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who have experienced or been affected by sexual misconduct. The SMRC is a civilian entity that operates outside the CAF Chain of Command.
For 24/7 confidential supportive counselling:
SMRC counsellors provide 24/7 confidential counselling and emotional support, and offer information on options available. Upon request, they facilitate referrals to other CAF organizations or civilian services. Conversations with counsellors are private and confidential; callers are not required to give their names or any other personal information.
If a caller decides to lodge a formal complaint or needs help navigating CAF or civilian processes and systems, the counsellor will offer the services of a dedicated coordinator as part of the first phase of the Response and Support Coordination (RSC) program. As part of the implementation of its new Mandate, the SMRC launched this program to help members affected by sexual misconduct navigate systems and processes with information, referrals, case coordination, advocacy, accompaniment, assistance with workplace arrangements and other practical matters. RSC support is continuous until the recipient no longer requires the service, withdraws their consent or transitions to civilian services.