While Donald Trump’s budget only gives the top line numbers of his proposed budget, the indications are that programs that help women who are victims of domestic violence are being targeted. The Heritage Foundation, the influential, conservative group has proposed in their “Blueprint For Balance” cutting all of the grants to the Violence Against Women Act programs.
Women who are victims of domestic violence often need all kinds of services to end the cycle of violence. Especially, lower income women, who are more susceptible to being beaten and terrorized by their partners. The Trump budget and GOP ideology that specifically attacks services for the poor will have a profound impact on women who need services to support them and their families. Native American women who suffer the most from abuse are in desperate need as they suffer disproportionately from families affected by alcohol and violence.
According to Rewire News,
While domestic and intimate partner violence disproportionately affect low-income women and women of color, high rates of poverty, lack of education, limited job opportunities, language barriers, and fear of deportation can decrease the ability of a woman of color to find support services. This makes comprehensive, multipronged interventions to address violence against women critically important.