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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

Jan 20, 2018 Laurie Shafer
Jan 20, 2018 Erik Bjarnar
Jan 20, 2018 John Cooper
Jan 20, 2018 Rachel Goularte I will gladly pay the 1.48 per year to Help as a Tax Payer.
Jan 20, 2018 Karin Cohen
Jan 20, 2018 Sarah Barton
Jan 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 Julia Russo
Jan 12, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jan 12, 2018 Gayla Amend
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes President Trump do not eliminate the Office of Violence Against Women! "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."
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Ralph Plumlee
Jan 7, 2018 thomas friedman
Jan 5, 2018 Sandra Williams
Jan 3, 2018 Janie Anderson SO WRONG
Jan 3, 2018 Janis Higgins
Jan 3, 2018 Joi Bryan
Jan 2, 2018 Alexandria Harwood
Jan 2, 2018 s w
Dec 23, 2017 Lynn Price This is so very important! As a survivor, I know that we NEED the OVW, don't cut this!
Dec 21, 2017 Maria Serrano
Dec 21, 2017 Henry Mobley
Dec 21, 2017 D Thompson
Dec 18, 2017 Loli Diaz
Dec 15, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Dec 15, 2017 Carla Wilson
Dec 14, 2017 Heather Osborne
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock Protect and Help
Dec 7, 2017 charmaine macdonald
Dec 5, 2017 Thao Vu
Dec 5, 2017 Mariah Oyondi
Dec 5, 2017 april shannon
Dec 5, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 5, 2017 Vatrina Faudree OMG!! What a jerk!! I'm a domestic violence survivor & I know how important this is. By Trump wanting and trying to take this away says to me that the lives of the women being abused doesn't matter to him, & the lives of the children
Dec 4, 2017 Barbara Reeves
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 1, 2017 jane leavitt
Dec 1, 2017 c. martinez
Dec 1, 2017 Stacey Govito
Dec 1, 2017 Lynn Gaudette
Dec 1, 2017 christine Thank
Dec 1, 2017 KAREN NILES
Nov 26, 2017 Amy McKeon
Nov 26, 2017 Cassandra Lewis Can't wait for the 'Tramp' who is'nt my president to get out of office!!!
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Margaret Beck

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