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Trump cutting the VAWA fat

President Trump wants to cut 25 grant programs that are under the Violence Against Women Act

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During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to get our budget under control.

The claim was met was skepticism since it was light on specifics and seemed aspirational given that our national debt is now approaching $20 trillion.

Recently, his team came up with some specifics and among the cuts are the 25 grant programs that are under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Trump’s plan was met with typical left-wing over-reaction including this screed from New York magazine.

The Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994, currently administers 25 grant programs aimed at helping women who become victims of violence. According to the Department of Justice website, those grants funnel money to programs ‘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.’ And based on a new report, they could be on the budgetary chopping block under Donald Trump’s administration.

VAWA, which was the brainchild of former Vice President Joe Biden along with a laundry list of the usual suspect of feminist groups- NOW, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and others, has become a sacred cow among the liberal elites, and if you aren’t reflexively for it, then you must tacitly approve of men beating their wives in their minds.

“Women of all stripes and ideologies – Republican and Democrat – should be outraged. Abuse doesn’t pick a political party,” shrieked the website Addicting Info. “Vulnerability doesn’t pick a political party. And a political party (or administration) should not be making life harder for those in need.”

As I wrote in the April 2016 issue of Organization Trends, VAWA encroaches on states’ authority and provides billions of dollars for slush fund grants to many of the very groups — NOW, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), and others – that lobbied to enact the federal statute. More importantly it creates judicial mechanisms that allow ill-intentioned women to manufacture false allegations of abuse in court.

Ronald Pierce and Tamir Sukkary — both featured in the Organization Trends article — are two men out of millions who have lived the nightmare created by VAWA. Neither had a criminal history or history of violence but both were deemed violent after their divorce started and forced into useless programs that help no one.

Pierce was forced into a domestic violence assessment and then into reunification therapy, all at his own expense. The programs were run by a local domestic violence shelter, Family Services of Tulare, Calif., which regularly receives millions of dollars in VAWA grants.

Sukkary was forced into a batterer’s intervention class for a year. He had to pay $45 per week out of his own pocket to attend.

Pierce was left homeless and sleeping in his car while Sukkary – a college professor – continues to struggle to pay the legal bills.

Curtailing VAWA grants is a drop in the bucket in terms of the federal government’s budget but a welcome side effect is that it will end some of the madness this misguided law has caused.

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Michael Volpe

After spending a decade in finance, Michael Volpe has been a freelance investigative journalist since 2009. His work has been published locally in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Crusader, Chicago Heights…