Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Announces Implementation of New Charter

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas is pleased to announce a new Charter for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC). The Charter replaces the SMRC’s original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter will:

• promote a seamless continuum of care for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they no longer need support;
• focus on an efficient, person-centered approach by coordinating support initiatives related to sexual misconduct;
• establish and maintain partnerships with internal and external organizations to improve access to victim support services throughout Canada, and to deployed operations.

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