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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

Mar 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Patricia Miller
Mar 18, 2018 Christine Saranchuk
Mar 18, 2018 Christine Price
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Mar 17, 2018 SANDRA VITO
Mar 17, 2018 Cynthia Ballard
Mar 16, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
Mar 16, 2018 Candice C
Mar 16, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 16, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 16, 2018 caryl Saint Clair
Mar 16, 2018 Bonnie Gallik
Mar 16, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 16, 2018 John and Rose Martin
Mar 16, 2018 Janie Anderson
Mar 16, 2018 CHARLOTTE GASSER Let us Stop This Cruel Proposal To Eliminate The Office Of Violence Against Women!
Mar 15, 2018 Elise Lobdell
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Mar 14, 2018 Teresa Cruz-Wortman
Mar 14, 2018 Kristin Harvey
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Mar 14, 2018 Teri Calhoun
Mar 13, 2018 Kathleen Shabi
Mar 13, 2018 Margaret Jensen
Mar 13, 2018 chiara Chittofrati
Mar 12, 2018 ludmila holcmannova
Mar 12, 2018 Courtney Sulak
Mar 11, 2018 Allison Kelly
Mar 11, 2018 Shirley Schreier
Mar 11, 2018 floremce tadiar
Mar 10, 2018 Lynne Smithson
Mar 10, 2018 Nikki Knisley
Mar 10, 2018 peggy williams
Mar 10, 2018 Vitor Costa
Mar 10, 2018 Afeni Kindnea
Mar 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2018 Christina Warrington
Mar 10, 2018 Cynthia Evenson Thank you for doing the right thing to help the American women who voted for you.
Mar 10, 2018 Janice Sprow We should be doing more not less to stop violence against women!
Mar 10, 2018 carlos diaz
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 L Jones
Mar 9, 2018 Cindy Perilstein
Mar 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2018 Angela Callis
Mar 9, 2018 Hannah Thandi Trump and Trumpublicans are not public servants. They do not care about middle/working class, children, veterans, the disabled, minorities, the elderly, animals, the environment or the Constitution, maybe you will !
Mar 9, 2018 Dawn Ramsey
Mar 9, 2018 Starr Christ
Mar 9, 2018 Annie Hatzakorzian

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