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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 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
Jul 8, 2018 Judith Pepper
Jul 7, 2018 Josie P This is a humanitarian issue. Enough of trying to undermine women’s rights already!
Jul 7, 2018 Peter Miller
Jul 7, 2018 Agnes Fox
Jul 7, 2018 Nancy Meister
Jul 7, 2018 joan hoolahan
Jul 7, 2018 Carol Adams
Jul 7, 2018 Sister Clara Schroeder
Jul 6, 2018 Susan Whitsell
Jul 6, 2018 Lucy Clarke
Jul 6, 2018 Janice Holloway
Jul 6, 2018 Susan Whitsell
Jul 6, 2018 JUNE Smigel
Jul 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 Sharon Nienberg
Jul 6, 2018 Heather Todd
Jul 6, 2018 Virginia Boehne
Jul 6, 2018 Susan Perzel
Jul 6, 2018 Rachel Canelon
Jul 6, 2018 Sandi Hebley Tax those who can best afford it, and eliminate the deficit!
Jul 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Do not close a program which is geared to do good. Cut the wasteful salaries of the elected officials that would save real money.
Jul 6, 2018 Sheila Squires
Jul 6, 2018 Kathy Fuller
Jul 6, 2018 Maria Rivera-Duncan

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