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Our services are available to all members of the McMaster community, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, staff, faculty, medical residents, volunteers, visitors and visiting professors, and institutional administrators and officials representing McMaster University.


Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Response and Support

Empathic, non-judgemental, and culturally relevant response and support; information on reporting options and complaint intake if appropriate

Prevention Education and Response Training

A range of topics designed and delivered to diverse audiences of students, faculty, and staff, using intersectional anti-oppressive approaches.

Community Consultation and Referral

Information and guidance for any community member on the policy, procedures, programs, and referral to campus and community services and resources

Urgent Medical Care

If you’ve been sexually assaulted within the last 12 days, whether or not you choose to make a university complaint and/or police report, we encourage you to consider reaching out to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Care Centre. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will provide information on medical assistance options available to you for your immediate physical and mental health needs.

The SA/DV does not report assault cases to the police but can provide support if you wish to make a report. All genders can access the following services, as required:

  • Upon consent and if the assault occurred within the past 12 days, collection and recording of physical evidence for completion of a forensic evidence kit, which may be used in legal proceedings;
  • Information, testing, prophylactic antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections;
  • Prophylactic antiviral medications to prevent HIV;
  • The emergency contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy;
  • Information and referral to community resources;
  • Supportive counselling; and
  • Arranging follow-up medical care and counselling with the Centre.

Useful Links

Getting Support Access Support

Know who to contact to get support if you have experienced sexual violence

Sexual Violence Policy View PDF

Read the McMaster University Sexual Violence Policy

SVPR Task Force Read More

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPR) Task Force has been established in accordance with McMaster’s Sexual Violence Policy to support the mandate of the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office.

Trainings & Workshops Book a Workshop

Book a participatory workshop or train your team about sexual violence

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