Assault and sexual assault

  • I am a Canadian Armed Forces member and have been affected by assault or sexual assault. What resources are available?

    For immediate emergency assistance, call 911.

    You can get assistance from a medical doctor, social worker, or padre.

    Support and Resources:

    The following two agencies are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you and your family:

    • Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC) 1-844-750-1648
      • The SMRC has professionally trained counsellors who can access a variety of military and civilian services across the country. SMRC Response and Support Coordinators (RSC) offer on-going support from the time of your first contact with the SMRC until you no longer require their services. They can provide supportive counselling, information and referrals, in-person support, RSC case management, RSC advocacy, accompaniment, assistance with workplace accommodations as well as other practical assistance.
    • Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (CFMAP) 1-800-268-7708
      • The CFMAP offers confidential and voluntary counselling on a short-term basis in order to provide support for difficulties that affect your well-being. Examples of such difficulties include work-related issues and health concerns as well as family and marital problems.

    For more information, download the “Respect in the Canadian Armed Forces” mobile application. This app displays which support resources are nearby, both in Canada and overseas. It includes information to support and guide you if you are a victim of sexual misconduct, a bystander, someone in a position of leadership, or the chain of command. The app also advises witnesses and supporters on victim resources and safety, where and how to seek medical help as well as how to report the incident.

    Formal complaint:

    It is up to you whether to file a formal complaint.

    You can file a complaint with the Military Police, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), and your local civilian police. It is important to know that the Ombudsman cannot investigate allegations of criminal activity. For more information, refer to section 15 of the Ombudsman’s mandate.

    The CFNIS Victim Assistance Program helps to ensure you receive fair treatment during the course of an investigation. This Program can provide you with immediate information as well as referrals to support agencies. It will also remain in contact with you throughout the investigation.

    The Canadian Military Prosecution Service (CMPS) offers on-line service to support victims of sexual misconduct whose matter has been referred to the Director of Military Prosecutions. Military prosecutors can provide you with information about matters such as pressing charges, release conditions prior to trial, measures to protect your identity, the court martial process, plea negotiations, the withdrawal of charges, and victim impact statements during court martial hearings.

    For more information or assistance, you can contact our office by phone or in writing.

  • What resources are available for me if I have witnessed an incident of assault or sexual assault, or if I am supporting a Canadian Armed Forces member who has been affected by such an incident?

    The Support someone affected by sexual misconduct website lists the resources that may be available to someone who has been affected by sexual misconduct. These resources are available regardless of whether the individual makes a formal complaint.

    For more information, download the “Respect in the Canadian Armed Forces” mobile application. This app displays which support resources are nearby, both in Canada and overseas. It includes information to support and guide you if you are a victim of sexual misconduct, a bystander, someone in a position of leadership, or the chain of command. The app also advises witnesses and supporters on victim support and safety, where and how to seek medical help as well as how to report the incident.

    For more information or assistance, you can contact our office by phone or in writing.

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