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McMaster community members who have experienced sexual violence or who receive a disclosure of sexual violence are encouraged to contact SVPRO for support

Who can access support through SVPRO?

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
  • Institutional administrators and officials representing McMaster University

What can you expect from the case manager?

The Case Manager, Sexual Violence Response will:

  • Consider safety measures that may be necessary
  • Refer the individual for medical services as needed
  • Actively and empathically listen to their needs and concerns without judgement
  • Explain the different reporting options available
  • Clarify commitments to confidentiality and its limits
  • Explain the difference between disclosure and reporting
  • Make a referral to police if the individual chooses that option
  • Conduct a complaint intake if the individual chooses that option
  • Assist with navigating any relevant University systems and procedures
  • Facilitate workplace, academic, and/or residence accommodations
  • Consider differing cultural needs and offer/refer to culturally relevant supports
  • Provide information about and referral to campus and community services
  • Liaise with relevant partners to ensure coordinated response and support
  • Facilitate ongoing assessment, planning, and case management
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