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Biden Visits Austin Domestic Violence Hotline

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 09:37 PM CDT

Vice President Joe Biden has again visited a 24-hour, national domestic violence hotline he has long championed.

Biden last came to the Austin-based National Domestic Violence Hotline in 2009. He also visited while a U.S. senator from Delaware three years before that.

The hotline helped grow out of the Biden-sponsored Violence Against Women Act that Congress approved in 1994.

He said Wednesday that across-the-board government spending cuts known as the federal sequester have cut domestic violence-prevention budgets.

Biden's visit coincided with the unveiling of the hotline's new Internet chat service to help better meet demand.

Hotline President Katie Ray-Jones said more than 100 staff members handle about 22,000 calls a month -- but that capacity issues meant they were still unable to get to almost 52,000 calls in 2012 alone.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Biden Visits Austin Domestic Violence Hotline

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