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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

Apr 19, 2018 June Wing
Apr 19, 2018 Barbara Charron
Apr 19, 2018 Madeline Stewart
Apr 19, 2018 Weldon Barker
Apr 19, 2018 Kathleen Varnum
Apr 19, 2018 Gaylen Stirton The Office of Violence Against Women is a much-needed program that helps women across the country. It is an outrage to think of stopping funding for this most-important department.
Apr 19, 2018 Kay Fisher
Apr 19, 2018 Martha Anderson
Apr 19, 2018 mesut subası
Apr 19, 2018 Marilee House Women need more help not less; please find other ways to reduce the budget.
Apr 19, 2018 Bronwyn Shields
Apr 19, 2018 Christopher Lake
Apr 19, 2018 Denise Gonzalez
Apr 19, 2018 Jill Duft
Apr 19, 2018 Mary Greenan
Apr 19, 2018 Dana Lloyd
Apr 19, 2018 Chrissy Smutny
Apr 19, 2018 Roxana Moya
Apr 19, 2018 cindy chilton
Apr 19, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
Apr 19, 2018 Pam Weems
Apr 19, 2018 Pat Keener This program is still very much needed!
Apr 19, 2018 Maureen Kelley
Apr 19, 2018 Monica Rivara
Apr 19, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) I thought we were supposed to care about women and children. Cutting this office is a funny way of showing that.
Apr 19, 2018 Carmen Grant
Apr 19, 2018 Sanand Dilip
Apr 19, 2018 Liliana fiorinl
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 eileen charnas
Apr 18, 2018 Joan Martinez
Apr 16, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Apr 16, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Apr 14, 2018 Jessica Burke
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Brian Reynolds
Apr 10, 2018 Nicole Crowe
Apr 7, 2018 Linda Denton
Apr 6, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Carrie Stewart
Apr 5, 2018 CAROL BECK
Apr 4, 2018 virginia green
Apr 2, 2018 Madison Daniels

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