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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

Sep 22, 2017 Frankie L Gay
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) please help HELPLESS WOMEN !!!!!!1
Sep 22, 2017 Marie Spaeth No one should have to live in fear because there isn't any help available.
Sep 22, 2017 Bev Doull
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Donna Rauch
Sep 22, 2017 Araceli Flygare
Sep 22, 2017 Matthew McWhirr
Sep 22, 2017 lisa seeney
Sep 22, 2017 Wendy Norris
Sep 22, 2017 Shennon Nauroth This is ridiculous! I was an abused fiancé and got out with help of family and friends but not all are as lucky.
Sep 22, 2017 Lisa Fort
Sep 22, 2017 Nancy Rittenhouse
Sep 22, 2017 Edith Soto León
Sep 22, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Sep 22, 2017 Courtney Blair
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Sep 22, 2017 Rhona Goldman
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 21, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 21, 2017 Lauren Lunde
Sep 21, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Sep 20, 2017 T D
Sep 20, 2017 Elizabeth Baudoin I just found out I have mass on both of my breast
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Sep 20, 2017 Ishea Sierra
Sep 20, 2017 Michele Busler
Sep 20, 2017 Amanda Treffert
Sep 20, 2017 Eileen Halle
Sep 20, 2017 BobbyKat LittleCub
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Sep 20, 2017 Linda Young
Sep 20, 2017 Norma Johnson
Sep 20, 2017 Elizabeth Fresh
Sep 20, 2017 Elaine Tokarski
Sep 20, 2017 Dayna Lamb
Sep 20, 2017 Ayana Baltrip
Sep 20, 2017 Faye Mroczkowski
Sep 20, 2017 Kathleen Hyland
Sep 20, 2017 Nancy Dunaway
Sep 20, 2017 Karen Zidar
Sep 20, 2017 Latise Trotter
Sep 20, 2017 Sherrill G
Sep 20, 2017 Valerie Romero
Sep 20, 2017 Gioia Larkin I managed to escape from a violent marriage through a program that gave safe haven for battered women. Don't leave other women in danger, death happens too often.
Sep 20, 2017 Nanci Powell
Sep 18, 2017 giuliana donadio
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers
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