Tehran Top in Social Emergency Calls

Tehran Top in Social Emergency CallsTehran Top in Social Emergency Calls

Most of those who call the emergency hotline 123 are residents of Tehran and Mazandaran provinces, said Hossein Asad Beigi, head of the Social Emergency Response Center at the State Welfare Organization. “The next provinces with most calls to the emergency centers are the southern province of Fars, the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan and the western province of Kermanshah,” he told IRNA. From among 600,000 calls made a year, 1% is related to suicide cases, 7-8% to child abuse and 7-8% to domestic violence, he said. There are currently 180 social service centers operating in 20 cities with a population of 50,000 and above, and the 24/7 hotline offers free counseling to people in need.