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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

May 26, 2018 JOY BRYAN
May 25, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 24, 2018 kenneth Davies
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Ruth Capasso
May 20, 2018 corina mitrov
May 20, 2018 Irene Kessler
May 19, 2018 R Holt
May 18, 2018 Juanita Vela
May 16, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 linda wozniak
May 16, 2018 Suzanne Payne
May 16, 2018 Dianne Derin
May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 16, 2018 Mildred Huffmire
May 12, 2018 Courtney Hernandez
May 12, 2018 Sharon Street
May 11, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 11, 2018 Carol Painter
May 10, 2018 Barbara Adler
May 10, 2018 Amy Whitfield
May 8, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 7, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
May 4, 2018 Rhonda Hottman
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Frances Lawren Do NOT close the Office of Violence Against Women, as it fills a crucial need!
May 3, 2018 Winifred Tonione
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Jessica Harrison
May 3, 2018 Melva Mills
May 3, 2018 Heidi Steffy
May 3, 2018 Amanda Dudman
May 3, 2018 Becky Mastoras
May 3, 2018 Anna Strauss Too much violence against women and children! Maintain the financial budget to support the Office of Violence Against Women. This funding should not be cut.
May 3, 2018 Susan Diaz
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed) According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 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. Keep the Office of Violence Against Women in the budget!
May 3, 2018 Georgan Gregg This program SAVES women's lives! WHY would you cut this?!
May 3, 2018 C.C. Hollis-Franklyn
May 3, 2018 Rebecca Maria
May 3, 2018 Frank Read
May 3, 2018 Cathy Peterson
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Kathe Garbrick
May 3, 2018 Toni Reeves
May 3, 2018 Margaret Goscilo
May 3, 2018 Susan Chitty This office is important for woman and children because there is so much violence I know my daughter and son are victims and they need help
May 3, 2018 James Williams

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