Vice President Biden will visit the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, Texas, next month to commemorate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the White House said Friday.

The hotline, which provides 24-hour support to the victims of domestic violence, was established in 1994 as part of the Violence Against Women Act — Biden's signature legislative accomplishment.

In a speech earlier this year, Biden said his work on domestic violence was "the single most important cause of my life."

At the time, Biden said the act was meant not only to respond to domestic violence, but also bring about a cultural and systematic change in the way women were treated.


In a proclamation signed earlier this week, President Obama encouraged victims and concerned citizens to call the hotline when friends and loved ones suffered from domestic violence.

"This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes and communities," the president said.