Biden in Austin
Leslie Knope would be so stoked, y'all! Vice-president Joe Biden (who, very sadly, almost 30 percent of Americans don't know is the vice-president) is coming to town! While details of his visit are scarce, CultureMap was able to confirm that he will arrive on October 30, just in time to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which is headquartered in Austin.
The White House is expected to release more information about Biden's trip early next week. A spokesperson for the NDVH was able to confirm that the vice-president would be taking part in a media-only event at the hotline's headquarters, which provides counseling and services to hundreds of thousands of Americans every year (they recently took their three-millionth call).
The veep has supported domestic violence victims services organizations, as well as key pieces of victims services legislation, throughout his career. As a senator, Biden was credited with leading the enactment of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which strengthened penalties for convicted rapists and increased rates of prosecution and access to protective services, among other things. "He's been a big supporter of helping victims," said a spokesperson for the NDVH, which was started because of the VAWA.
Women are more likely to endure abuse from an intimate partner, with nearly one in four women in United States having been a victim of severe physical violence.
CultureMap will continue to update this story as details become available.