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Barefoot and sobbing: A visit from my neighbor

March 21, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 21, 2014

Author’s note: If you believe that you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 (TTY), or visit Click here for a list of state-specific advocacy organizations and other domestic-violence resources. 

I was going over some paperwork at home Thursday at about 20 minutes to 6 p.m. when someone knocked on my door.

I went to the front door and asked who it was. Even before there was an answer, I heard labored breathing.

The person on the porch said that she was a neighbor and that she needed to borrow my telephone to call 911. She said she’d been attacked by her husband.

My door has no peephole. I went to a window and peeked out through the blinds. I saw a woman there, obviously distraught.

I pulled out my phone and dialed the emergency services line. “Hold on, I’m calling 911,” I said.

My call was answered as I pulled the door open: “911, what’s your emergency?” the operator asked.

“Hi,” I said. I handed the phone to the woman on my porch. “It’s 911,” I told her.

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