The Domestic Violence Case That Turned Outrage Into Action
The “Burning Bed” killing put domestic violence in the headlines.
When Francine Hughes killed her abusive ex-husband by setting his bed on fire, the case made headlines in the 1970s and caused a national outcry. Today, despite stronger protections, millions of women a year are still abused by a partner.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse and in need of help you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233.
Here is a list of additional resources: https://ncadv.org/resources
- Producer: Scott Michels
- Editor: Anne Checler
- Associate Producer: Sandra McDaniel
- Archival Researcher: Charu Raman