Trump Plans Major Cuts To Programs Protecting Women From Sexual Violence

If Donald Trump hasn’t already sunk in hot water, well he definitely has now.

Reports say that Mr Trump plans to pull funding for violence against women programs in order to cut federal spending.

Or he is just upset that thousands of women are about to ruin his front lawn in Washington this weekend and wants to make a petty move. I’ll leave the judgements and opinions aside though.

According to The Hill, 25 grant programs under the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women will be eliminated. These programs intend to help women who have been sexually assaulted or suffered from domestic violence.

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This, however, is just one segment of the apparent cuts to federal spending.

As Alexander Bolton from The Hills states, Transportation, Justice and State, and Commerce and Energy, can also expect,

“Major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.”

The Vice President of Criminal Justice Reform, Ed Chung, states that these reductions in funding “are very concerning.” The programs are “designed to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.”

Taking this away in a time of such a volatile political and societal climate does not play in good faith with Mr Trump, but as of yet it is not necessarily going to happen.

According to Ed Chung,

“That would send an incredibly negative signal to the field that issues such community-oriented policing and violence against women issues are being demoted in their importance.”

If this was to come to fruition it would drastically impact a lot of institutions that provide services to assist those who have been through sexual and domestic violence.

“This includes, for example, services for rural victims, civil legal assistance for victims, sexual assault service programs, housing—everything that is needed in order for women who have experienced sexual and domestic assault to get back on their feet.”

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013 also added protection for the LGBT community, Native Americans, and Immigrants, hence these groups are also affected by the cuts in funding.

Another controversial point about this proposed cut in spending is that since is establishment by President Clinton in 1994 intimate partner violence has declined by 67 percent and intimate partner homicides of females have decreased 35 percent.

This is a significant reduction and the step in the right direction. For anyone to lower its importance makes no sense as the VAWA actually does work and provides a valuable service that is respected by many individuals.

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