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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

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 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.
Jul 19, 2018 Dave Mattozzi
Jul 19, 2018 Kimberly Jennings
Jul 19, 2018 Sue Overstreet
Jul 19, 2018 Joan Kolessar
Jul 17, 2018 Deborah Scharf
Jul 17, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 17, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Jul 16, 2018 Joan Hutton
Jul 16, 2018 Donna Delusso
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 16, 2018 Cheri Kirby
Jul 16, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please save the violence against women project. Please, sir?
Jul 12, 2018 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 12, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jul 12, 2018 Phyllis Dupret
Jul 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) We are all responsible for each other. Do the right thing.
Jul 12, 2018 Audrey Simpson
Jul 11, 2018 Carl E. French No Woman deserves to be an object of violence. My ladyfriend was one by her own husband and brother. This has to stop and stop now.
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 Charles Pan
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 Ron De Stefano
Jul 9, 2018 J. Romeo
Jul 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2018 sally dunn

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