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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

Sep 23, 2017 Amy Marshall
Sep 23, 2017 Sharon Carton
Sep 23, 2017 Patricia Chandler Women deserve protection!!!
Sep 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Sep 23, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D. This nation MUST continue to address the horrors of domestic violence, which affects families and neighborhoods.
Sep 23, 2017 Deborah Willette
Sep 23, 2017 Nicole Mikals
Sep 23, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Sep 23, 2017 Judi Putnam
Sep 23, 2017 Lora Zeis Please save this program so that women who need this help can find it. Do not turn away form women who have been abused. I know, I was abused and I needed this help. Help them!
Sep 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2017 Roberta Lawton You should be ASHAMED of you and your cronies! Why don't you cut raises for Congress for the next ten years and see how much that saves the GOVERNMENT!!!
Sep 23, 2017 Liz Seff
Sep 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Julie Matewicz
Sep 22, 2017 Cindy Risvold
Sep 22, 2017 pat abbas
Sep 22, 2017 Gaya Covington I was the victim of domestic violence for too many years!! Finally escaping, and have advocated for more support for victims ever since!!! How do you convince a bully this is a Vitally necessary program?
Sep 21, 2017 Edith Soto León
Sep 21, 2017 Arlene Kalis
Sep 21, 2017 m march
Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2017 Ali Roe
Sep 21, 2017 Janine Farrow
Sep 21, 2017 Erin Carmean
Sep 20, 2017 holly kelly THIS IS REAL....THE NEED IS REAL...DO NOT ELIMINATE
Sep 20, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Sep 20, 2017 Kathleen Doyle
Sep 19, 2017 Sharon Olsen
Sep 19, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 15, 2017 Micah McVicker
Sep 15, 2017 Alexandra Smith
Sep 15, 2017 Robin Shepard
Sep 14, 2017 k v
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Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 14, 2017 Charles Lowery
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 13, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 12, 2017 jennifer marciano
Sep 12, 2017 Tenaya Egbert
Sep 12, 2017 Carola Roy
Sep 11, 2017 Nathalie Cikin
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Sep 10, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Sep 10, 2017 Alejandra Perez

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