Vice President Joe Biden made a stop in the Austin area Wednesday to speak on a matter he's long championed--domestic violence.
The vice president delivered about an hour-long speech at the National Domestic Violence Hotline headquarters. He has visited the call center twice in his political career.
The call center has been hit by across-the-board budget cuts. The hotline's president says they missed almost 52, 000 calls in 2012 because of staffing shortages.
"We've answered 3 million calls to date—yet many calls still go unanswered, because of a lack of resources," Dyanne Purcell with the hotline said.
The call center has been hit by across-the-board budget cuts, meaning its already high demand isn't being met properly.
"That's thousands of women, thousands of women who will lose a lifeline because we cannot afford to sustain the need," Biden said.
For the vice president the issue of domestic violence is a very personal matter.
"People always ask me how did I get involved in this issue, was my mother abused? Why do I feel so passionate about it over the years? It was my father,” the vice-president Joe Biden said. “My father was a decent, honorable man. He said the greatest sin a man or woman can commit is to raise a hand to a child, and the greatest sin a man can commit is the abuse of power by raising his hand to a woman."
As a senator, Biden helped sponsor the Violence Against Women Act that Congress approved in 1994.
Watch the Vice President Biden's full address in the video below.
YNN: Vice Pres. Biden calls for more funding to stop domestic violence
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