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President Trump's plan to effectively kill the grant programs managed by the Office of Violence Against Women is part of his overarching proposal to reduce the federal budget. But the savings are minuscule 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 nonprofits, 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 10 years [3]. That's all well and good, but cutting the grants administered by 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 must be supported. The OVW provides over 25 grants toward helping these women and children get the support, services, and care they need, and overcome the lasting effects of trauma.

Cutting the grants administered by OVW will barely affect the federal deficit — in fact, it comprises less than even .001% of the proposed budget cuts. Eliminating these crucial resources will do so much more harm than good.

President Trump, do not cut these grants — they save 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

Jun 24, 2018 Barbara Turner
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Mari Mennel-Bell
Jun 23, 2018 David Pascoe
Jun 23, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jun 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 Pat Bell
Jun 18, 2018 Joyce Glenn
Jun 18, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Jun 18, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2018 FRED KAHN
Jun 16, 2018 Betty Kowall
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 3, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 19, 2018 Sandra Cobb
May 18, 2018 R.A. Dayton
May 17, 2018 Naomi Sobo
May 17, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 17, 2018 Suzanne Payne
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 10, 2018 V Cravens
May 9, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 8, 2018 f fm
May 8, 2018 Janet Mueller
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is NOT the time to cut programs that help victims of violence against women! This is the time to support women and let them know they have programs to turn to for help!
May 8, 2018 Christine Maidl
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2018 Jennifer Shryock
May 8, 2018 lynda leigh Seriously, we are daily confronting stories of powerful men abusing and assaulting women. Why in the world would we eliminate OVW??????
May 8, 2018 Kevin Reynolds
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2018 Charlene Sipe
May 8, 2018 Judy Kildare
May 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 8, 2018 Shari McCormick This cut won't balance the budget. Forget the damn wall--which I've never met anyone for building it--and save those who are being abused instead.
May 8, 2018 teresa martin
May 8, 2018 Chizuko Walter
May 8, 2018 Michele Miller
May 8, 2018 MARILYN JACOBS You are penalizing the helpless. What if it were YOUR Mom or YOUR sister or YOUR wire? DO THE RIGHT THING and do NOT get rid of this program.
May 8, 2018 Judi Beard
May 6, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton
May 6, 2018 Teresa Rust
May 6, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
May 6, 2018 Joanne Petaccio
May 6, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 6, 2018 JoAnne Turpin

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