Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program

From: National Defence

The Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program encourages collaboration between community-based civilian service providers and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)-linked service providers in the communities. The expected outcome is that survivors in the wider CAF community are better able to cope with the effects of sexual assault and are better supported to access the support services they need. This includes anyone associated with the CAF, including family members, civilian employees, contractors and others impacted by the CAF presence in their community.

To apply for funding from the Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program, see the application page.

Context

Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, recognizes that addressing the problem of sexual misconduct in the CAF is essential to supporting its uniformed members, their families and the wider Defence Team community. The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) provides leadership on support to survivors of sexual violence within the CAF and provides expert advice to the CAF on ensuring evidence-based, trauma-informed and survivor-centered policies, programs and services.

The SMRC’s services are also an integral part of the Government of Canada’s overall commitment to responding to gender-based violence and addressing gaps in support for survivors and their families. This contribution program was announced in 2018 as part of the second phase of It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-based Violence, to increase accessibility to survivor support services and support community-based sexual assault centres in the communities near the 10 largest CAF military bases. The SMRC administers the Sexual Assault Centre Contribution Program in order to provide a wider range of access to services for survivors in the affected communities, and to promote partnerships between the community level organizations and CAF-affiliated service providers that provide supports to survivors of sexual misconduct.

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