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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


Jan 21, 2018 Elissa Mayer
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa A. Rooney
Jan 20, 2018 Sherry Green
Jan 20, 2018 Anki Nilsson
Jan 20, 2018 Helen Pattison
Jan 20, 2018 Elisha Bet
Jan 20, 2018 Lori Stevens
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2018 Rosa Muzquiz
Jan 20, 2018 Cindy Duda If President Trump is so pro-American people, why can't this office continue to be funded?
Jan 20, 2018 Anthony Costa
Jan 20, 2018 Cynthia Karr Please continue to help women and children!
Jan 20, 2018 David Overton
Jan 20, 2018 Joyce Overton
Jan 20, 2018 selma castanheira santos
Jan 20, 2018 Evelyn Kortright
Jan 19, 2018 Linda Indyke This can be a life and death situation for families. We need the funding to keep women and children safe.
Jan 19, 2018 bernard honig
Jan 19, 2018 Sue King
Jan 18, 2018 Danielle Evans
Jan 18, 2018 Betty Chan
Jan 18, 2018 Suzanne Danielson
Jan 18, 2018 Linda Kirsch
Jan 18, 2018 Jan Hopkins
Jan 18, 2018 paula vanbuskirk
Jan 18, 2018 Toni Peters
Jan 18, 2018 Holly Reed
Jan 18, 2018 Christine Brooks
Jan 18, 2018 Adéla Režná
Jan 18, 2018 Linda Serio
Jan 18, 2018 jorgina blantz
Jan 18, 2018 Estelle Maisey
Jan 18, 2018 Bruce Tate
Jan 18, 2018 Beth Hansen
Jan 18, 2018 Blanca Vives
Jan 18, 2018 Catherine D.
Jan 18, 2018 Lenore Norman
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 L . T . CRAWFORD
Jan 18, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 18, 2018 Joseph Maggiore
Jan 18, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 18, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 18, 2018 Kristie Hatton
Jan 18, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Jan 18, 2018 Ian Finch-James
Jan 18, 2018 TONI LYNN
Jan 18, 2018 SERGIO ANTON
Jan 17, 2018 Sergio P.

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