According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, approximately 20 people per minute are abused by a significant other in the United States. Any given day, more than 20,000 calls are made to Domestic Abuse Hotlines. 15% of all violent crime is abuse from the hands of a spouse or significant other. If you're in a position where you can't openly call the police, what do you do?
You call for pizza.
In a Reddit message board of most memorable 911 calls that Police Dispatchers have ever had, one dispatcher recalls a time where a female caller dialed him for something surprising--pizza. At first, he thought it was a prank call. Why would a woman call a police station for a meat lovers pizza? However, it soon became obvious that the woman was in danger when she continued to repeat her order over even after being told that she had the wrong number.
Clearly, the caller was trying to disguise her distress from someone who was in the room with her. But how did the dispatcher know it wasn't a robbery, kidnapping, or break in he was dealing with? Buzzfeed news interviewed the dispatcher, Keith Weisinger, who stated that "if I had to guess which type of law enforcement call my department handled most, it would be domestic disturbance.”"
Thankfully, this woman's quick thinking might have saved her life, and 911 was able to send dispatchers to her house.
If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic abuse, you can call the domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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