WESTLAKE HILLS, Texas (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden again has 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.
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