Marisa Curto, Project Director at The Retreat, has been selected by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to be a member of the Peer Review Panel for the Disability Grant Program in Washington, D.C. from Monday, March 30th to Wednesday, April 1st.
“Marisa has the unique expertise of providing underserved communities with domestic violence services,” said Loretta K. Davis, Executive Director at The Retreat. “She is a valuable member of The Retreat’s team and we are so proud of her accomplishments.”
Each year, OVW receives multiple grant applications from all over the country. During its peer review process, the organization assembles panels of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking experts and practitioners, who assess the proposals. The esteemed reviewers include advocates, legal professionals, judges, police officers, prosecutors, and others with knowledge on subjects such as disabled and elderly populations, tribal communities, rural/urban areas, colleges and universities, and service provisions to victims.
Since 1995, the Office on Violence Against Women has given out over $5.3 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to allow communities to carry out protection orders, provide legal assistance and other services to victims, provide comprehensive training to police officers, prosecutors and judges, and assist local efforts to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
For more information, visit www.theretreatinc.org.