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Apply to be a Peer Reviewer

OVC is seeking reviewers from diverse backgrounds and regions to assess grant applications. Reviewers should have relevant experience in the field of victim assistance and expertise at the local, state, federal, or tribal levels in areas such as but not limited to—

  • female genital mutilation and cutting,
  • domestic violence and sexual assault,
  • child and elder abuse,
  • fraud and identity theft,
  • human trafficking,
  • ethics in victim services,
  • victims' rights,
  • compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma,
  • mass violence and crisis response,
  • restitution,
  • homicide,
  • assaults,
  • victim impact,
  • law enforcement response to victims of crime,
  • criminal justice or legal advocacy, and
  • victim compensation.

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 ojpprsupport@usdoj.gov. Include "OVC FGM" in the subject line if you have experience serving victims of female genital mutilation and cutting or expertise in this area.

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