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President Trump's plan to effectively kill the Office of Violence Against Women is part of his overarching proposal to reduce the federal budget. But the savings are miniscule compared to the vast number of lives that would be impacted negatively by this cut.

The OVW is responsible for overseeing 25 grant programs established by the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. [1] Funding is provided at the federal level and serves a variety of purposes. It offers victims of abuse valuable support programs and counseling; goes toward the prevention of heinous acts like rape, homicide, physical and emotional abuse, and stalking; and provides awareness training for law enforcement. These grants are crucial for survivors of assault and abuse, including children, the elderly, and rural women, and are awarded to local, state, and tribal governments, as well as non-profits, schools, community organizations, and more. [2] Millions of American women depend on these services.

President Trump wants to eliminate this lifeline.

The Trump administration has lofted a proposal to cut the federal budget by $10.5 trillion over the span of ten years [3]. That's all well and good, but cutting the OVW – which utilizes a budget of $480 million and comprises less than .001% of the proposed monetary cuts -- wouldn't even make a scratch in the federal deficit. The cost of OVW to American taxpayers? A measly $1.48 per year. [4]

When looking at all of President Trump's other proposed cuts, it's evident that his agenda is to remove the divisions that support our most vulnerable populations, like those that aid the poor, protect the environment, protect civil rights, and oversee law enforcement, to name a few. [4]

This is unacceptable.

The grants that the OVW uses are small but powerful. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence are very real issues faced by all American women. Cuts to the OVW will not help American women live better or safer lives. Tell President Trump not to compromise the safety of American women under the guise of "balancing the budget!"

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Dear President Trump,

the House Committee On The Budget,

and the Senate Committee On The Budget,

Violence against women is a real and frightening issue in the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), about 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. About 1 in 5 women will be raped over the course of their lives, and about 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic abuse each year.

These statistics are sobering, and that's why the Office of Violence Against Women is a crucial program that mustn't be eliminated. The OVW provides over 25 grants to programs that help these women and children get the support, services, and care they need, and overcome the lasting effects of trauma.

Cutting the program will barely affect the federal deficit – in fact, it comprises less than even .001% of the proposed budget cuts. Eliminating this office will do so much more harm than good.

President Trump, do not cut this program. It saves lives. Give the American people a sign that you do value women and children, and give them the support they so desperately need.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 16, 2018 Marguerite Ogata
Aug 16, 2018 Sara Curry
Aug 16, 2018 Haley Svec
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Becky Anderson
Aug 14, 2018 Irene LaPalme
Aug 14, 2018 cindt bernard
Aug 13, 2018 Janice Thompson This office has done nothing for me but it has helped other abused people.
Aug 11, 2018 Patti Wright
Aug 11, 2018 Pat Rowell
Aug 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Yeah I dont think I need to comment. Its a disgrace this is even happening. BOO!
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 felipe guillen
Aug 8, 2018 Karen Farmer A misogynist attacking programs for domestic violence victims is not a surprise. Good people must stand against him every chance we get.
Aug 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Joan Bash
Aug 7, 2018 Dorothee MULHAUSEN
Aug 6, 2018 Angie McDonald
Aug 6, 2018 PAOLA BALLANTI
Aug 4, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Aug 3, 2018 Laurie Williams
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2018 Erin McCarty
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Terri Robb
Jul 27, 2018 Sherry Mills
Jul 26, 2018 Victoria Pennington
Jul 26, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Jul 23, 2018 Lynn Pascente
Jul 21, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 19, 2018 Pamela Sanseri
Jul 19, 2018 Jim Coleman
Jul 19, 2018 Julian Beckett
Jul 19, 2018 Janet Liss
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Nicola Tannenbaum
Jul 19, 2018 Carol Lowe Only a woman can understand how vulnerable a female continues to be and how easy it is for her to be taken advantage of through brute force. It can also be very embarrassing for her to admit that she had been forced to do something she didn't want to do
Jul 19, 2018 Martha Grice As an abuse survivor I plead with you not to cut this program. I was lucky and had family to help me out of this situation and feel my life and the lives of my children were at stake daily. How could you take a lifeline away from the innocent? Please!
Jul 19, 2018 paulette vallieres
Jul 19, 2018 Connie Swanson
Jul 19, 2018 JAVIER CARRERA
Jul 19, 2018 Margaret Zander
Jul 19, 2018 Mary Sims
Jul 19, 2018 Margo Draine As a domestic violence survivor and former DV advocate/DV shelter director, I understand firsthand how important these services are to men, women and children DV survivors. These services offer vital supports and should be strengthened, not cut.
Jul 19, 2018 Missy Hodge
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 H McCrillis No one is above the law, Drumpf.
Jul 19, 2018 Kristy Parker
Jul 19, 2018 Holly OBrien
Jul 19, 2018 Reida Wagner Do not cut this program. It saves lives. This could be your mother/sister/child.

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