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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 14, 2018 BARBARA LOUISE How could anyone be in favor of domestic violence?
Jun 10, 2018 SUSAN-ROSE SLATKOFF
Jun 10, 2018 Angela Tafoya
Jun 10, 2018 Deborah Barber
Jun 10, 2018 Sara Salancy The Office of Violence Against Women is a very important agency, and it is crucial that the OVW be well-funded, to protect the women and children it serves. President Trump, please don't cut this program! Sincerely, Sara Salancy
Jun 10, 2018 Margaret Fitch
Jun 10, 2018 Susan Viray
Jun 10, 2018 Jennifer Rice You will lose a lot of women voters if you cut this program! If this program is cut, your own daughters could be abused next!
Jun 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2018 Donna Coliz
Jun 10, 2018 Brbara Shaw Well, since the president has abused women in many ways, why are we surprised that his Congress wants to end the support for VAWA? They are all deplorables.
Jun 10, 2018 Linda Chance
Jun 10, 2018 Claudia Jarrett
Jun 10, 2018 Kerry Avenell
Jun 10, 2018 Kristie Prouse
Jun 10, 2018 Carolyn Dina What if YOU, President Trump, were a wife being beaten by her husband. Would you want help? Too bad! There is none. Saving money is more important than you being beaten over and over and over again!!
Jun 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2018 susan foley
Jun 10, 2018 Karen Liwienski
Jun 10, 2018 Michele Thyne Don't you folks get it yet? Women, who are also taxpayers as well,( please try to keep that in mind), need help! How much clearer does that need to be? Give it to them.
Jun 10, 2018 Donna Delin
Jun 10, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please do not cut this program. I was raped when I was a young lady...I did not know of any programs and I was devastated and alone.
Jun 7, 2018 Richard Geiger
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 5, 2018 Helle J Mikkelsen
Jun 2, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 2, 2018 Walter Hoelbling
Jun 1, 2018 Sara Vilhena
Jun 1, 2018 mark loula Help Stop the Cycle of Family Violence. Stop this misogynistic, and ignorant agenda.
Jun 1, 2018 Bonita Easley
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Shelley Waltman
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz Are there any worthwhile causes this President will find?
May 27, 2018 Bernie Doherty
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

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