Peer Review


OVW Needs Peer Reviewers!

Every year the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) receives applications from all over the country.  OVW, through its peer review process, convenes panels of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking experts and practitioners to evaluate grant proposals based on the requirements outlined in each program's solicitation.

Since 1995 OVW has awarded over $9 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to enable communities to enforce protection orders, provide legal assistance and other services to victims, provide intensive training to police officers, prosecutors and judges, and support local efforts to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

OVW Peer reviewers may include victim advocates, judges, prosecutors, police officers, legal professionals, and others with expertise on issues such as, tribal communities, colleges and universities, rural areas, urban areas, disabled and elderly populations, and service provisions to victims, including those provided by the faith community, as they relate to violence against women.  While some peer reviewers are expert consultants on violence against women issues, the vast majority of peer reviewers are active practitioners or recent retirees from the professions mentioned above.  OVW does not use professional peer reviewers because it is our goal to have applications reviewed by individuals with up-to-date, and on-the-ground knowledge of violence against women issues.  In addition, all potential peer reviewers will be considered and approved by OVW management.  Each year, the number of peer reviewers needed for each program will be determined based on the number of applications received.  OVW Peer Reviews are generally held from mid February through May of each year.

If you are interested in becoming an OVW peer reviewer, please send a copy of your current resume or curriculum vitae and a completed Peer Reviewer Recruitment Form to Please note that submission of this information does not guarantee your selection and that each year a number of factors determine the specific qualifications (i.e. area of expertise, profession, availability) and the number of peer reviewers needed by OVW. These factors include the Congressional appropriations for a given OVW grant program, the number of applications received in response to a particular solicitation, and any changes to the statutory scope of a grant program. Prior experience as a peer reviewer is not required. *Please note that employees of applicants for OVW grant funding will not be considered as potential reviewers for the program or programs to which their organization is applying. 

FY 21 OVW Peer Review Guidelines (PDF)

Peer Reviewer Recruitment Form (Fillable PDF)

OVW Seeking New Peer Reviewers

Updated December 3, 2020

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