About the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre

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Read about our mission, governance and confidentiality


The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) provides support services to currently serving and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and to Department of National Defence (DND) public service employees who are affected by sexual misconduct.

The SMRC provides expert advice, guidance and recommendations to DND on all matters related to sexual misconduct through the Deputy Minister and to the CAF, primarily through the Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture.

The SMRC may engage with DND executives and management and the Chief of the Defence Staff and other CAF commanders to ensure that its advice and recommendations are understood.

The SMRC also:

Leadership and governance

The SMRC operates outside and independently from the CAF chain of command within the Department of National Defence and reports directly to the Deputy Minister.

An External Advisory Council supports the SMRC’s expert advice role.

Confidentiality and privacy

If you call the SMRC for support, information and/or resources, you are not required to provide your name or position, reveal where you work or live, or give any other identifying information.

A support counsellor can facilitate contact or refer you anonymously to other support organizations, civilian or military, without passing on any personal information. It’s your choice.

If you are eligible and choose to opt into the Response and Support Coordination Program where a coordinator is assigned to you to provide ongoing support, some personal information will be needed to ensure that your coordinator can support you appropriately.

SMRC support counsellors only collect information consistent with the services they provide and in accordance with Canada's Privacy Act. Confidential information is stored in a secure Government of Canada database. This database is accessible only to the SMRC that uses the data to:

All personal information received by the SMRC is protected by Canada's Privacy Act. The Act allows for the release of personal information without an individual's consent under specific circumstances, such as:


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