Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
No victims with new reporting centre
By Department of National Defence, Ottawa
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eputy 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.
“I am pleased to announce the implementation of the new Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Charter. It represents a significant milestone in further defining the framework for the Centre to further evolve its unique role of providing support to Canadian Armed Forces members affected by sexual misconduct,” said Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of the Department of National Defence.
“My priority is to provide a seamless continuum of care to Canadian Armed Forces members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they decide they no longer need support,” notes Dr. Denise Preston, Executive Director, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre.
Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter
Canadian Forces Military Police Group have long recognized the importance of
a victim-centered approach to investigations with the engagement of Victim
Services Coordinators employed throughout Canada. In keeping with Strong,
Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new Defence Policy, the Group and the SMRC are
enhancing victim services within the Canadian Armed Forces with the
introduction of additional Regional and National Victim Managers in the
Group and the Major Crimes Unit of the Canadian Forces National
Investigation Service, said Brigadier-General Rob Delaney, Canadian Armed
Forces Provost Marshal and Commander of Canadian Armed Forces Military
• The SMRC Charter will ensure a
seamless continuum of care for CAF members who are affected by sexual
misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they signal
they no longer need support. It will ensure an efficient, person-centered
approach by coordinating support initiatives related to sexual misconduct.
• The SMRC operates under the authority
of the Deputy Minister, independent from the chain of command.