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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.


Petition Signatures

Jan 23, 2018 Leigh Oaks
Jan 22, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 22, 2018 Ann Schmitt
Jan 22, 2018 Marsha King
Jan 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2018 Ossie Sharon
Jan 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) It is our duty to protect !!
Jan 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) Respect women.
Jan 22, 2018 Bonnie Oliver
Jan 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2018 dritan zmali
Jan 22, 2018 Margherita Pinto
Jan 22, 2018 Vivien Wass
Jan 22, 2018 Penelope Cole Stop violence against women. Save the Officr of Violence Against Women.
Jan 22, 2018 Susan Hanlon
Jan 22, 2018 Jim Malone
Jan 22, 2018 Rita O'Sullivan
Jan 22, 2018 nancy lowe
Jan 22, 2018 Susan Janow
Jan 22, 2018 Alyssa Rosengard
Jan 22, 2018 MarionM Weston
Jan 22, 2018 Mary Butler We MUST have this office!!! Look at the recent news of how many women have been abused!!! This office is NEEDED and NECESSARY.
Jan 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 21, 2018 Elissa Mayer
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa A. Rooney
Jan 20, 2018 Sherry Green
Jan 20, 2018 Anki Nilsson
Jan 20, 2018 Helen Pattison
Jan 20, 2018 Elisha Bet
Jan 20, 2018 Lori Stevens
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Rosa Muzquiz
Jan 20, 2018 Cindy Duda If President Trump is so pro-American people, why can't this office continue to be funded?
Jan 20, 2018 Anthony Costa
Jan 20, 2018 Cynthia Karr Please continue to help women and children!
Jan 20, 2018 David Overton
Jan 20, 2018 Joyce Overton
Jan 20, 2018 selma castanheira santos
Jan 20, 2018 Evelyn Kortright
Jan 19, 2018 Linda Indyke This can be a life and death situation for families. We need the funding to keep women and children safe.
Jan 19, 2018 bernard honig
Jan 19, 2018 Sue King
Jan 18, 2018 Danielle Evans
Jan 18, 2018 Betty Chan
Jan 18, 2018 Suzanne Danielson
Jan 18, 2018 Linda Kirsch
Jan 18, 2018 Jan Hopkins
Jan 18, 2018 paula vanbuskirk
Jan 18, 2018 Toni Peters
Jan 18, 2018 Holly Reed

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