Vice President Joe Biden will be in Austin Wednesday. He is coming to town to promote National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to see the launch of a new service to help victims of abuse.
Vice President Biden is scheduled to tour the call center for the Domestic Violence Hotline when he arrives Wednesday afternoon. The visit is not open to the public. The trip has a special meaning for Biden and those at the center. When he was in the U.S. Senate, back in 1994, Biden sponsored legislation that created the hotline.
The last time he toured the Austin call center was in 2009 after the hotline had received 2-million calls. Since then the phone advocates who work there have received a million more calls according to hotline president Katie Ray-Jones.
"You know it's always moving, I'm actually getting goose bumps thinking about it right now to have someone of such influence be proud of the organization that we are," said Ray-Jones.
During the visit Wednesday, the vice president will also watch the official launching of a new service. Victims of abuse will be able to use a chat-line which can be accessed from the hotline's internet website. The program, which is made possible by a grant from Verizon, will be on line Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.