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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

Nov 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Margaret Beck
Nov 20, 2017 Ryan McKenzie Everything this man does just irritate me because real men respect women.
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Catherine Sowder
Nov 18, 2017 Cynthia Cabell
Nov 18, 2017 patty langford this ass is a misogynist, he cares nothing about anyone but him and his children
Nov 18, 2017 Jan Marek
Nov 18, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Nov 18, 2017 Kristy Kernen
Nov 18, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Nov 18, 2017 Deborah Scharf
Nov 18, 2017 maci bonedensity
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Arthur Symons It shouldn't be closed; it should be extended to supporting the desperately unsupported male victims of violence.
Nov 18, 2017 robert dowling
Nov 18, 2017 cathy mitchamore
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Nov 18, 2017 Martha Whitman
Nov 18, 2017 Gwen Piekarz
Nov 18, 2017 Lynn Laupheimer
Nov 17, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 17, 2017 Sheila Ward
Nov 17, 2017 Patricia Kellen
Nov 17, 2017 Chrissy Smutny
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) Men have no idea how hard it is to make the decision to end a pregnancy no matter the circumstances. This decision should ONLY be made by the pregnant woman & if necessary her doctor too! DO NOT ELIMINATE WOMEN'S PROTECTION PROGRAMS!!!!
Nov 14, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 12, 2017 William Beasley
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 11, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Nov 7, 2017 Bambi Magie
Nov 7, 2017 LaToya Nel
Nov 7, 2017 connie usher
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 John Heckler
Nov 7, 2017 Shirley Rose Brewerton
Nov 7, 2017 Marsha Kimball
Nov 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2017 Catherine Stanton
Nov 7, 2017 Signe Dayhoff
Nov 7, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 7, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Nov 7, 2017 Lisa Valiente
Nov 7, 2017 Tracy Dempsey
Nov 7, 2017 Sara Avery

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