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Director Hart Visits Austin, Texas to Hear from Providers About Serving Victims During the Pandemic

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.

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by OVC Director Jessica E. Hart During the Impact of the Pandemic on Serving Victims of Domestic Violence Roundtable

Welcome everyone, thanks so much 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 National Domestic Violence Hotline for hosting this event. And to Katie Ray-Jones, Gloria Terry, and Jason Buckner for all the planning and coordination that went in to organizing the roundtable.