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Apply to be a Peer Reviewer

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OVC is seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds and regions to assess grant applications. Reviewers should have relevant experience in the field of victim assistance; experience in providing culturally relevant victim services, services for multicultural communities, and non-traditional victim services; or lived experience expertise.

Watch our Become an OVC Peer Reviewer webinar to learn about the peer reviewer role and responsibilities and gain perspective from experienced reviewers. 

Applicants should indicate their knowledge and expertise in areas, including, but not limited, to—

  • child and elder abuse;
  • culturally competent services;
  • community violence intervention;
  • compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma;
  • criminal justice or legal advocacy;
  • domestic violence, teen dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault;
  • female genital mutilation and cutting;
  • fraud and identity theft;
  • homicide;
  • human trafficking;
  • language access;
  • law enforcement response to victims of crime;
  • mass violence and crisis response;
  • online harassment and abuse;
  • victim compensation;
  • victim impact;
  • victims with disabilities; 
  • victims' rights; and
  • victim services in Tribal communities.

All reviews are conducted electronically and, typically, reviewers assess and score approximately 12 to 15 applications within a 2 week period.

Before beginning their work, reviewers must participate in an orientation telephone call, which covers the roles and responsibilities of the reviewers and the background and purpose of the grant program under review.

Reviewers must also enter their scores and comments to an automated data system, and participate in a consensus call with all other reviewers on their assigned panel.

Participants receive $125 for each application reviewed, including participation in both the orientation call and consensus call.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please send an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid email address, to [email protected]

Date Modified: September 29, 2023
Date Created: May 1, 2020