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Every October, the Nation commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Jessica E. Hart, Director, Office for Victims of Crime, discusses the Office for Victims of Crime’s commitment to supporting organizations throughout the Nation that support victims of domestic violence.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by OVC Director Jessica E. Hart for the Domestic Violence Service Provider Roundtable
Welcome everyone. Thanks so much for being here today. This is such an important discussion to be having, especially right now in light of the pandemic.
Before we begin, I’d like to extend a special thank you to the Houston Astros for welcoming this exceptional group of domestic violence service providers to your facilities. And to the Astros Foundation for your commitment to raising awareness about domestic violence.
I’d also like to recognize all of the organizations that are here with us today as important allies in the fight to end domestic violence, including—
Office for Victims of Crime Director Jessica E. Hart visited Austin, Texas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, to hear from the field and announce grant awards to national and state programs.
Director Hart began her day with a tour of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The Hotline, funded in part by the Office for Victims of Crime, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and has handled more than 5 million phone calls and chats over its history.
Women of Color Network, Inc. is a national grassroots initiative dedicated to build the capacity of women of color to respond to violence against women of color. The network seeks to eliminate violence against all women and their communities by centralizing the voices and promoting the leadership of women of color.