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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


Nov 18, 2017 Dixie Pleska
Nov 17, 2017 Patricia Riscado
Nov 17, 2017 Magdalena Borkowska
Nov 16, 2017 donna selquist
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Irene Souder-Coyle
Nov 13, 2017 June Cockerille
Nov 13, 2017 Corinna Morton
Nov 10, 2017 Paul-Denis Clermont
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) This programs saves the lives of women and children and gives them a chance at an abusive free life. Do not cut this program. Our women and children are valuable. Show that you value our women and children. Thank you.
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel
Nov 9, 2017 Terena Powell
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Lubna Saied
Nov 8, 2017 Marie et Boivin
Nov 7, 2017 Maria-Viktoria Abricka
Nov 6, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Nov 6, 2017 Veronica Cox
Nov 5, 2017 Heather Osborne
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 3, 2017 jon Slade
Nov 3, 2017 Jia-Zhen Zou
Nov 3, 2017 Kay Shelton
Nov 2, 2017 Esther Clayson
Nov 2, 2017 Jelica Roland
Nov 2, 2017 Laura Probst
Nov 1, 2017 donna selquist
Nov 1, 2017 H. M. Sustaita
Nov 1, 2017 Michèle Haudebourg
Nov 1, 2017 Nico Sandman
Oct 30, 2017 Neleigh Schuerch
Oct 29, 2017 Melissa Young
Oct 29, 2017 Jozef Oud
Oct 29, 2017 susan munro
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 H Brown
Oct 25, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Oct 25, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 24, 2017 Monique TONET
Oct 24, 2017 Sara Garcia
Oct 24, 2017 Misti Lee
Oct 24, 2017 Richard Batten
Oct 23, 2017 Sarah Long
Oct 23, 2017 Debra Chance
Oct 23, 2017 Rita Petruccelli
Oct 22, 2017 Janine Jensen
Oct 21, 2017 Debbie Cieplinski
Oct 21, 2017 Candice Laurence
Oct 21, 2017 Sandy Mostek To save money from the Federal deficit, why not eliminate Congress' special health care program? Keep our women safe!
Oct 21, 2017 Leigha Henson

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