It is often difficult to decide between fact and fiction when it comes to things you see on the internet. One such item is the claim that if you have a domestic violence situation and call 911 that you can pretend to order a pizza and the operator will know you need help. However, this could be very dangerous if it is just a myth. While a caller in Ohio had success using this method, would you have the same luck with 911 in California?
CNN explains that even in the call that made headlines, the 911 operator did not understand the caller in the beginning and thought she dialed a wrong number. It was only through persistence that he realized what was happening. So, it is highly likely that if you try this method to report domestic violence to 911, it might not work. There is no universal understanding of this tactic or training for 911 operators that includes this as some type of code.
It is important to understand that the only reason why the operator realized what the caller needed was the caller’s insistence that she did not call the wrong number. So, if you do find yourself in a domestic violence situation where you cannot speak freely, do try whatever tactic you can to convey you need help to the 911 operator. Be persistent and ensure the operator that you do have the right number. After all, they do have training to recognize a serious call. This information is for education and is not legal advice.